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Materialism: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about materialism?

As you can see, this list of kids books about materialism is a work in progress! We’re currently exploring the best books available, and we’d love your input. If you have a title you’d suggest including on our list of kids books about materialism, please share it with us!

We’ll be featuring a variety of titles on our list, from well known classics to popular bestsellers to lesser known titles that deserve a bigger audience. We’re also including books for a range of ages, from board books for babies and toddlers, to picture books for preschool and kindergarten age kids, to chapter books for early elementary age kids.

We’d love to hear any book suggestions you have—you can comment below or email us at [email protected].

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The Blue Bird's Palace
Written by Orianne Lallemand & illustrated by Carole Haenaff
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

When Natasha makes a selfish choice, she finds herself trapped in a lavish but lonely palace, far from her widowed father. Will she find a way to escape and see her father again? This poignant tale, inspired by Russian folklore, will help start conversations about the importance of family.

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It's My Tree
Written & illustrated by Olivier Tallec
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

A squirrel decides to keep everyone in the forest away from a favorite tree (?It’s MY tree?), but hasn’t thought the plan all the way through! The squirrel loves a particular tree (?It’s MY tree?) and is happiest eating pinecones in its shade (?MY pinecones in the shade of MY tree?). But then the squirrel starts to worry. What if someone else decides it’s THEIR tree? What if that someone wants to eat THEIR pinecones in the shade of THEIR tree? Should the squirrel build a gate in front of the tree to keep the others out? Or maybe a wall? Yes, a wall. The squirrel will build a long and high wall that no one can get over or around. Only, now that there’s a wall, how can the squirrel know what’s on the other side of it? Maybe a better tree is out there, full of pinecones. Maybe even a whole forest of better trees … World-renowned author-illustrator Olivier Tallec has created a simple, funny, relevant fable for the modern age. The humor and exaggeration ensure that even the youngest children will recognize the greed, xenophobia and fear of missing out afflicting the poor squirrel. With tones of bright orange and yellow, the captivating illustrations bring the enormous-tailed squirrel’s rapid-fire range of emotions to vivid and hilarious life. This highly entertaining read-aloud would also make a perfect conversation starter for lessons on the importance of appreciating what one has.

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Sneaky Beak
Written by Tracey Corderoy & illustrated by Tony Neal
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

“Is your bath bubbly enough? Is your bed bouncy enough? Is your cereal crunchy enough? Don’t delay—call Sneaky Beak today for deals beyond your wildest dreams!” When Bear sees a commercial advertising the Snores-Galore Mega Bed, the “bounciest bed ever,” he decides that he wants one. The salesbird, Sneaky Beak, shows up and convinces Bear that he needs the Super-Whirl Turbo Tub and the Crunch-O-Matic Granola Maker, too—not to mention a trip in his vacation rocket to get away from it all. But are all those gadgets really what Bear needs?

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