7 Children's Books About Consequences

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
The Day Santa Stopped Believing in Harold book
#1
The Day Santa Stopped Believing in Harold
Written by Maureen Fergus and illustrated by Cale Atkinson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Santa has a problem. This kid? Harold? Santa doesn't think he's real. He WANTS to believe in Harold--after all, Harold is one of the most magical parts of Christmas. Getting Harold's letters, eating the cookies he leaves out, feeding his carrots to the reindeer... what would Christmas be without that? But Santa's just not sure. Some of his friends are telling him they think Harold's not real. And the Harold that sat on his knee last Christmas looked AWFULLY different. Santa comes up with a plan to find out once and for all if Harold really exists... with hilarious consequences.

Tumble & Blue book
#2
Tumble & Blue
Written by Kate Beasley
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

When the red moon rises over the heart of the Okefenokee swamp, legend says that the mysterious golden gator Munch will grant good luck to the poor soul foolish enough to face him. But in 1817, when TWO fools reach him at the same time, the night’s fate is split. With disastrous consequences for both . . . and their descendants. Half of the descendants have great fates, and the other half have terrible ones. Now, Tumble Wilson and Blue Montgomery are determined to fix their ancestors’ mistakes and banish the bad luck that’s followed them around for all of their lives. They’re going to face Munch the gator themselves, and they’re going to reclaim their destinies. But what if the legend of Munch is nothing but a legend, after all?

If Polar Bears Disappeared book
#3
If Polar Bears Disappeared
Written and illustrated by Lily Williams
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

What would happen if polar bears disappeared from the planet? Find out in this gorgeous, accessible nonfiction picture book that imagines the consequences of a world without polar bears.

I Always, ALWAYS Get My Way book
#4
I Always, ALWAYS Get My Way
Written by Thad Krasnesky and illustrated by David Parkins
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

From carefully aimed pouts and shifting blame to the threat of an all-out tantrum, this laugh-out-loud story for kids and adults focuses on the clever antics, advantage-taking, limit-testing, and childhood shenanigans of three-year-old Emmy. When Emmy spills juice and her dad’s pants get “orange-hosed,” she takes refuge behind Mom’s knee. Expecting a reprimand, Emmy is surprised when Mom tells Dad, “Now, sweetheart, you should let it be. After all . . . she’s only three.” Once Emmy discovers that she’s too young to be punished, she constantly wrangles her way out of trouble by proclaiming, “I’m only three!” and pulls a handy weapon from her arsenal of manipulative maneuvers. With hilarious, rhyming text and energetic ink and watercolor illustrations that capture Emmy’s expressions, from angelic to livid, readers discover that Emmy can’t get away with her outrageous behavior forever and that her actions do eventually have consequences.

Make a Wish, Henry Bear book
#5
Make a Wish, Henry Bear
Written and illustrated by Liam Francis Walsh
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

Henry Bear has very unusual parents. They encourage him to stay up all night, eat chocolate cake at every meal, and get into trouble with his teacher. Why? Find out in this droll tale about making wishes with unanticipated consequences written and illustrated by New Yorker cartoonist Liam Francis Walsh, author of Fish, which Kirkus Reviews, in a starred review, called "full-bodied" and "rewarding."

Fakers book
#6
Fakers
Written by H.P. Wood and illustrated by David Clark
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-14

From the Trojan horse to fake news, scams have run rampant throughout history and across the globe. Some con artists do it for fun, others for profit. . . and every once in a while, a faker saves the world. In this era of daily online hoaxes, it's easy to be caught off-guard. Fakers arms kids with information, introducing them to the funniest, weirdest, and most influential cons and scams in human history. Profiles of con artists will get readers thinking about motivation and consequence, and practical tips will help protect them from falsehoods. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is--except in the case of this book!

The Strongest Mom book
#7
The Strongest Mom
Written and illustrated by Nicola Kent
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Little Bear is sure that no one is as strong as his mom. She can carry anything: his bike, Zebra’s shopping, Elephant’s carpet, even Flamingo’s piano! And, of course, there’s always room in her handbag for Little Bear’s treasures. But when Mom takes on one thing too many, with hilarious and heart-warming consequences, Little Bear learns even moms need a helping hand sometimes.

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