Best Children's Books About Sharing

Top 46 Books to Teach Your Kids About Sharing

Updated Mar. 19, 2019

Let's face it—sharing is hard. It's a skill we have to learn early on, but then somehow the more capable we are of doing it, the less often we have to practice it (at least until you become a parent, and then you get to share EVERYTHING again ;) While I personally believe that you don't have to share with just anyone, sharing with close friends and siblings is important, and a skill that takes practice. Here are some of our favorite books to help introduce and reinforce the concept of sharing—it's hard, but in the end it's more fun to be a good friend than to have all of one's things to oneself!

The Snatchabook book
#1
The Snatchabook
Written by Helen Docherty and illustrated by Thomas Docherty
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

The charming rhyming text and sweet yet spunky illustrations of The Snatchabook were created by a husband and wife team—how cool! Together they weave a FANTASTIC story about a love of reading and friendship that teaches kindness, understanding, empathy, and forgiveness… all while being absolutely enjoyable! This is sure to become an all-time favorite—it is one of ours! While the Snatchabook initially thinks that he needs to steal all of the books to enjoy them, little Eliza Brown shows him that the other animals are willing to share their storytimes... and really that's much better!

Where have all the bedtime stories gone? A delightful addition to the picture book canon about the love of reading One dark, dark night in Burrow Down, a rabbit named Eliza Brown found a book and settled down...when a Snatchabook flew into town. It's bedtime in the woods of Burrow Down, and all the animals are ready for their bedtime story. But books are mysteriously disappearing. Eliza Brown decides to to stay awake and catch the book thief. It turns out to be a little creature called the Snatchabook who has no one to read him a bedtime story. All turns out well when the books are returned and the animals take turns reading bedtime stories to the Snatchabook.

The Nice Book book
#2
The Nice Book
Written and illustrated by David Stein
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A perfect introduction to manners and playing nice, by David Ezra Stein—author of Caldecott Honor winner Interrupting Chicken, Pouch! (a Charlotte Zolotow Honor book) and Leaves (recipient of the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award). From cuddling koalas to friendly penguins, an array of animals illustrates fun, sweet, and silly examples of “how to be nice,” showing simple ways young children can show they care for those around them. The lyrical text, funny illustrations and upbeat friendship message make this a great gift and a wonderful introduction to manners.

Bernice Gets Carried Away book
#3
Bernice Gets Carried Away
Written and illustrated by Hannah Harrison
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from Mr. Stacatto

This is a true hidden gem. The book cover is a little misleading, but this book has cute illustrations and an amusing story about a grumpy cat that gets fed up with getting the short end of the stick. She decides to take matters into her own hands and gets a little more than she bargained for. In the end, she learns to see things from a new perspective and the perks of sharing.

Having missed out on the other treats at a friend's birthday party, a grumpy cat grabs all of the balloons and floats into the sky, where she sees that her problems are not so big, after all.

The Best Birthday Present Ever book
#4
The Best Birthday Present Ever
Written and illustrated by Ben Mantle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

The sweetest book demonstrating friendship and imagination! I love how graciously Bear accepts his gift from Squirrel, and that he truly appreciates it, even though the others don't think it's that amazing. Bear and Squirrel know how to put the gift to use with their imaginations, creating way more fun than just another toy, and they do it all while sharing it together! :) Plus, the illustrations are so cute!

Squirrel is super excited: he’s been invited to Big Bear’s birthday party! Now he just has to find the perfect present for his friend—but what can you give a bear who already has EVERYTHING? Squirrel searches and searches and chooses . . . a stick! As Bear unwraps his stack of gifts Squirrel begins to worry: is it enough? But with a little imagination, and a good friend, even the simplest stick can become magical. This funny, heartwarming story of friendship is a great gift—and not just for bears!

Too Many Carrots book
#5
Too Many Carrots
Written by Katy Hudson
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

Great book about sharing, and Rabbit learns that friends are more important than things--his carrots. I love the illustrations in this book and love that they show the story every step of the way!

The bestselling picture book that Publisher's Weekly calls “simultaneously sassy and sweet.” Rabbit loves carrots — and that’s a big problem! In this phenomenal bestseller, Rabbit loves carrots a little too much. In fact, his carrots are crowding him out of his cozy burrow. When his friends offer to help, they're just asking for trouble — a lot of trouble! This charming and lovingly illustrated children's book, by acclaimed author Katy Hudson (A Loud Winter’s Nap and Bear and Duck), shows how friendships get us over the rough spots in life, even if the going gets a little bumpy. Too Many Carrots is the perfect springtime, Eastertime, and anytime gift.

The Bear who Shared book
#6
The Bear who Shared
Written and illustrated by Catherine Rayner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Norris the bear has been waiting patiently for the last ripe fruit to fall from the tree, and when it does he decides to share it with his two new friends.

I Am the Boss of This Chair book
#7
I Am the Boss of This Chair
Written by Carolyn Crimi and illustrated by Marisa Morea
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

Friendship and sharing seem just as linked in books as they are in real life! The illustrations in this book are absolutely gorgeous, and the color combinations are especially lovely and unique. While initially "being the boss" of all the things seems most important, it turns out having a co-boss is actually a lot more fun, and the lesson is just as applicable to siblings and friends as it is cohabitating cats!

Pom-Pom the kitten threatens to unseat Oswald, a top cat who thinks he's top dog--even to the extent of taking over a favorite chair.

A New Chick for Chickies book
#8
A New Chick for Chickies
Written and illustrated by Janee Trasler
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

For Chickies life was good. Life was perfect until . . . CRAAACK . . . the Chickies have a new brother! With engaging rhymes, endearing illustrations, and a soft padded cover, Janee Trasler's books are perfect for babies and toddlers to enjoy. Big sisters- and brothers-to-be will be excited to take a cue from the lovable Chickies and cheep for joy when a new baby arrives!

The Squirrels Who Squabbled book
#9
The Squirrels Who Squabbled
Written by Rachel Bright and illustrated by Jim Field
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

Two squirrels (one more prepared for winter than the other!) both race to capture the last pinecone (and seeds!) of the season, but it turns out that in their haste to out-do each other, they both lose the pinecone and both almost lose some limbs to boot. The illustrations are bright and convey a lot of motion and emotion, and when the squirrels discover that it might be better to share (both their food and some laughs with a friend) than have what they want to themselves you'll be smiling as big as the squirrels.

Greedy squirrels Cyril and Bruce both have their sights on a very special prize: the last pinecone of the season. Uh-oh! The race is on! A laugh-out-loud tale about friendship and sharing by the bestselling duo behind The Lion Inside and The Koala Who Could, Rachel Bright and Jim Field!

A Boy Called Bat book
#10
A Boy Called Bat
Written by Elana K. Arnold and illustrated by Charles Santoso
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

The first book in a funny, heartfelt, and irresistible young middle grade series starring an unforgettable young boy on the autism spectrum, from acclaimed author Elana K. Arnold and with illustrations by Charles Santoso. For Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat), life tends to be full of surprises—some of them good, some not so good. Today, though, is a good-surprise day. Bat’s mom, a veterinarian, has brought home a baby skunk, which she needs to take care of until she can hand him over to a wild-animal shelter. But the minute Bat meets the kit, he knows they belong together. And he’s got one month to show his mom that a baby skunk might just make a pretty terrific pet. "This sweet and thoughtful novel chronicles Bat’s experiences and challenges at school with friends and teachers and at home with his sister and divorced parents. Approachable for younger or reluctant readers while still delivering a powerful and thoughtful story" (from the review by Brightly.com, which named A Boy Called Bat a best book of 2017).

Gossie book
#11
Gossie
Written and illustrated by Olivier Dunrea
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Gossie is a gosling who likes to wear bright red boots every day, no matter what she is doing, and so she is heartbroken the day the boots are missing and she can't find them anywhere.

Llama Llama Time to Share book
#12
Llama Llama Time to Share
Written and illustrated by Anna Dewdney
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Thoughts from Mom of Boys

Sharing is a hard thing for children. This book is very cute and shows that sharing can actually be fun. It helps us make friends and have a good time with other people. Llama wasn't sure about it at first when a new neighbor moved in, and especially when this new friend wanted Llama's most favorite dolly. This book helps to even address the hardest part of sharing favorite toys.

Does Llama Llama love his toys? Of course! Does Llama Llama love to share them? He's not so sure. But when the new neighbor Nelly Gnu comes to visit, Mama makes it clear: It's time to share. But Llama's not so sure it's time to share all his toys. Maybe just his blocks? It could be fun to make a castle with Nelly ... But wait -- Nelly has Llama's little Fuzzy Llama! Can Llama Llama do it? At first he thinks he can ... and then he really thinks he can't ... until Mama shows him that when he's ready to share, he'll also be ready to have more fun.

Strega Nona's Harvest book
#13
Strega Nona's Harvest
Written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A charming celebration of autumn's bounty by perennial favorite Tomie dePaola Tomie dePaola's beloved Strega Nona is back in a colorful picture book, perfect for fall and the changing seasons. With beautiful illustrations reminiscent of the artwork that won Tomie dePaola the Caldecott Honor for the original Strega Nona, this celebration of harvest and gardening will make the perfect addition to any Strega Nona collection.

How Do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends? book
#14
How Do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends?
Written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Mark Teague
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Rhyming text and illustrations present some of the ways dinosaurs can play with their friends, from hogging the swings to sharing toys.

The Boy Who Wouldn't Share book
#15
The Boy Who Wouldn't Share
Written by Mike Reiss and illustrated by David Catrow, Mike Reiss
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

This story has great cadence (which I'm a huge fan of) and the busy, quirky, somewhat wild illustrations give plenty of opportunities for finding hidden treasures that you might not initially notice on a quick read. Sibling rivalry, sharing and forgiveness blend beautifully into a funny story that seems just as common as the ordinary afternoon at home, and equally beautiful.

Edward has oodles of toys but doesn't share any of them with his little sister, Claire. She cannot ride his rocking horse, hug his teddy bear, or even think about touching his Slinky. "They're mine!" he says. That is, until one day when Edward finds himself stuck under his enormous pile of toys and can't move! With a little help from an unlikely ally, he learns that if he can share with others, they'll share right back with him. Mike Reiss's wickedly funny verse and David Catrow's remarkable gift for comic illustration make this one book you'll want to share—again and again!

Martha Doesn't Share book
#16
Martha Doesn't Share
Written by Samantha Berger and illustrated by Bruce Whatley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

Sharing is hard, but it turns out that it can be a lot more fun than having all of your own toys but nobody to play with and no audience, and Martha discovers. The facial expressions in the illustrations beautifully capture how much effort it can take for littles to share, which I love, along with the realism in that even once you've decided you want to share... it's still a learning curve :)

Martha has officially mastered apologizing. Unfortunately, she still has a lot to work on when it comes to sharing. And while she doesn't learn to love it, she does discover that having her toys to herself means having to play with them all by herself, too. Not so fun! This hilarious follow-up to Martha doesn't say sorry! shows readers that sharing isn't all that bad when you take it one (small) toy at a time—like Martha does. It gets easier every day. Well, almost every day.

Groovy Joe: Ice Cream & Dinosaurs book
#17
Groovy Joe: Ice Cream & Dinosaurs
Written by Eric Litwin and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Groovy Joe is a fun-loving dog with a tub full of ice cream--which he shares with his unexpected dinosaur guests.

Limelight Larry book
#18
Limelight Larry
Written and illustrated by Leigh Hodgkinson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
Thoughts from Mr. Stacatto

When you're a peacock, you love the limelight. It's what you do. Especially when you're as handsome as Larry. Unfortunately, Larry's book has made his friends intrigued and they decide to join in. Larry finds himself getting a little too cramped and decides that sharing the page with his friends is not what he had in mind for this book so he forces his way front and center only to find his actions have left him feeling alone and scared. This book is silly and light-hearted. Regrettably, Larry isn't the greatest of role models as he doesn't quite learn his lesson in the end.

A vain peacock named Limelight Larry is excited to be in a book that is just about him, but before long, several of his animal friends begin poking their heads in to see what is going on as Limelight Larry tries to get them to go away.

Rabbit's Gift book
#19
Rabbit's Gift
Written by George Shannon and illustrated by Laura Dronzek
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Snow is coming, coming soon, so Rabbit needs to find food fast. Just in time, a turnip turns up, and a second one, too. Who in the woods wouldn't want to tuck away an extra turnip for the long winter? Not Rabbit. He chooses a different path—and starts a wave of generosity that spreads among all his forest friends.

Famously Phoebe book
#20
Famously Phoebe
Written by Lori Alexander and illustrated by Aurelie Blard-Quintard
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Phoebe was the shining star of her family. Then someone came along to take her place. For as long as Phoebe can remember, she’s known the clickety click click of a photographer snapping her picture. Thanks to the camera-carrying “paparazzi” (aka Mom and Dad), she’s always been the star of the show . . . until the day a tiny newcomer arrives on set. Will Phoebe learn to share the spotlight and assume the role she was born to play: big sister? This sweet tale of sibling rivalry resolved is perfect for every older brother and sister.

Duck and Goose book
#21
Duck and Goose
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

It’s an unforgettable children’s classic starring two beloved characters, and a must-have for any child’s home library. Meet Duck and Goose, two young birds who mistake a polka-dot ball for an egg and have to master the art of cooperation—and sharing—to take care of it. But friendship is not always easy, as proved in this funny, accessible story. Young readers will instantly recognize themselves in these adorable and eternally optimistic characters. And this beautiful keepsake edition features extra content from the author on how to draw Duck & Goose.

Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree book
#22
Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree
Written by Robert Barry
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

When Mr. Willowby's Christmas tree is so tall that he has to cut the top off, he unwittingly provides trees for various people and animals.

One Big Pair of Underwear book
#23
One Big Pair of Underwear
Written by Laura Gehl and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Count and share with…underwear! Come along on a zany adventure with hilarious pictures from the New York Times bestselling illustrator of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. What’s one thing that two bears, three yaks, four goats, and six cats have in common? They hate to share. But look out—here comes a pack of twenty pigs ready to prove that sharing makes everything twice as fun!

And Away We Go! book
#24
And Away We Go!
Written and illustrated by Migy England
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from Lemony Snickers

And Away We Go! is a delightful book that hights the importance of being inviting and inclusive. Mr. Fox is more happy to share his hot air balloon with anyone who asks, and he doesn't even bat an eye when the ride goes south, literally. This is a great book for teaching the importance of sharing and choosing to focus on the positive.

Thoughts from Mr. Stacatto

Mr. Fox sets off on a journey to travel to the moon in his hot air balloon. On his way, he passes by his friends who ask if they may join him. Mr. Fox graciously welcomes them to come along for the journey. The story is light-hearted and jovial and the illustrations pop against the dark night sky.

Mr. Fox is going to the moon! Away he goes in his hot air balloon. . . . But wait! Can Elephant come too? Sure! Let's bring along some pizza. What about Giraffe? And Squirrel? Everyone is welcome in Mr. Fox's balloon, but look out--will everyone fit? In the tradition of classic cumulative tales like Mr. Gumpy's Outing, Migy's And Away We Go! is an unforgettable debut picture book from an exciting new talent.

Love Monster and the Last Chocolate book
#25
Love Monster and the Last Chocolate
Written and illustrated by Rachel Bright
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

When Love Monster receives a box of chocolates as a gift, he has second thoughts about sharing them with all of his friends.

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