• Jessica Diaz

6 Children’s Books about Taking Responsibility for Your Actions

Updated: Mar 26, 2019

(in order of AWESOMENESS)




Children’s storybooks can be a great way to help teach your kids about taking responsibility for their actions. The book itself can give great examples and explanations, and the shared experience of reading the book can be a perfect jumping off point to start a conversation with your kids about good behavior.



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But It’s Not My Fault by Julia Cook

If you are looking for a book to help you teach your kid about taking responsibility for his (or her) actions, this is a must get! It shows you a day in the life of a character named Noodle. He has a rough day and insists that everything is not his fault. But, at the end of the day, his mom helps him to understand that it’s not about fault, but responsibility. Noodle learns that his actions are his responsibility. The book even includes tips for parents and teachers.





Do I Have To? by Nancy Loewen

I love the format of this book. It’s not your typical storybook style. It has 9 letters from 9 different kids with 9 different problems. All of these kids have written to a 13 year-old advice columnist named Tina Truly, who gives these kids practical advice on how to go about solving their problems. There is even a fun quiz at the end of the book (answer key included) to reinforce the lessons weaved throughout the book.





The Berenstain Bears and the Blame Game by Stan and Jan Berenstain

This storybook is great because it is so relatable and has a great message. A brother and sister keep breaking things around the house while playing, and they each blame one another. Their parents get frustrated, but ultimately teach them to focus on working together to solve whatever problem comes up.





What if Everybody Did That? by Ellen Javernick

This storybook is simple, but thought provoking. It shows different situations where poor choices are made - like littering, calling out, leaving a coat on the floor - and asks the question, “What if everybody did that?” After asking this question, there is a picture dedicated to what it might look like if everybody did in fact do that. And, I love that the story ends with a positive scenario, giving your mom a hug…”What if everybody did that?”





The Girl Who Blamed the World by Cindy M.

This storybook highlights times in the life of a character named Rosa Lee, from the time she is a girl until she is an old woman. Rosa Lee is chronically unhappy and blames everyone else for her problems. The lesson comes at the end of the story, when Rosa Lee’s grandson tells her that staying sad is a choice and that everyone has a right to pursue happiness.





“I’ll do it!” by Brain Moses and Mike Gordon

This book is full of tasks kids can do to show that they are being responsible. It doesn’t follow a story format; it is more of a do’s and don’ts of taking responsibility. It may be worth noting that the author is from The United Kingdom, so there are a few words in the book that may be unfamiliar (if you live in the U.S. like me) but can easily be figured out from context, like plaster (bandage) or cloakroom (coat closet).




I hope you and your kids will love these books as much as I do! Happy reading :)




About the author:

I am Jessica from Learning with Jessica Diaz. I have been a teacher for eight years and am a mother of two. I am always reading; I love learning new things! These books are my favorite choices for books about teaching your kids to take responsibility for their actions!

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