Best Children's Books About Sharing

80 Children's Books About Sharing

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
A Boy Called Bat book
#1
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).

The Snatchabook book
#2
The Snatchabook
Written by Helen Docherty and illustrated by Thomas Docherty
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

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.

Famously Phoebe book
#3
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.

Bernice Gets Carried Away book
#4
Bernice Gets Carried Away
Written and illustrated by Hannah Harrison
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

And Away We Go! book
#5
And Away We Go!
Written and illustrated by Migy England
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

The Best Birthday Present Ever book
#6
The Best Birthday Present Ever
Written and illustrated by Ben Mantle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

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!

Little Cub book
#7
Little Cub
Written and illustrated by Olivier Dunrea
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A young bear cub, who is alone in the world, and Old Bear, who is grumpy and tired of living alone, meet and discover what they have been missing. By the best-selling creator of the Gossie and Gertie books.

Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree book
#8
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.

Too Many Carrots book
#9
Too Many Carrots
Written by Katy Hudson
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

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 Stick book
#10
The Stick
Written and illustrated by Clay Rice
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

When a young boy finds a stick on the ground and reads the inspiring words carved into it, his life begins to change until he fulfills lifelong dreams and discovers the truth about giving.

The Bear who Shared book
#11
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.

Duck and Goose book
#12
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.

Martha Doesn't Share book
#13
Martha Doesn't Share
Written by Samantha Berger and illustrated by Bruce Whatley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

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.

Sheila Rae's Peppermint Stick book
#14
Sheila Rae's Peppermint Stick
Written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

One peppermint stick. Two sisters. See sibling rivalry turn to sweet solidarity.

Odd Dog book
#15
Odd Dog
Written and illustrated by Claudia Boldt
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Peanut, an odd dog who doesn't like bones, but apples, worries that his next-door neighbor, Milo, might steal all the apples from his tree, but Peanut discovers something about Milo (and himself) that changes everything.

I'm Sunny! (My First Comics) book
#16
I'm Sunny! (My First Comics)
Written by Jennifer Holm and illustrated by Matthew Holm
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

From the bestselling creators of Babymouse and Squish and the author of The Fourteenth Goldfish comes a new comic board-book series about feelings! Eisner Award winners Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm use panel frames, speech balloons, and thought bubbles to teach children how to read a story. In I’m Sunny, the cheerful sun upsets his friend and must make amends. A sweet, funny, and simple introduction to the impact that emotions can have on those around you.

This Way that Way book
#17
This Way that Way
Written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Renata Liwska
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

The perfect spot is this way! says Boom. The perfect spot is that way!” tweets Twitty. Snot is smartly silent. How will these three friends decide which way to go to find the perfect spot? With humor, wisdom, and perfect storytelling and illustrating pitch, New York Times bestsellers Doreen Cronin and Renata Liwska present a tale of authentic friendship.

It's Not Yours, It's Mine! book
#18
It's Not Yours, It's Mine!
Written and illustrated by Susanna Moores
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

But what happens when the ball loses it's air? Will help arrive, and will blieka learn that sharing brings unexpected benefits?

Crunch! book
#19
Crunch!
Written and illustrated by Carolina Rabei
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Crunch the guinea pig loves his food, so it’s just as well there’s plenty of it, especially when a hungry little mouse wants a share.So why does Crunch refuse?Later, Crunch can’t settle to his feast for worrying about the mouse. Although he’s never stepped outside his hutch before, Crunch sets off to look for him. Will he find the little mouse, and if so, what else might he discover?

The Fly book
#20
The Fly
Written and illustrated by Petr Horacek
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

There’s never a dull moment in this funny, beautifully illustrated tale depicting a pesky fly in a whole new light. The housefly in this story doesn’t understand why people won’t share their food with him or play with him . . . and why do they keep trying to give him a swat? He’s not doing any harm! In a clever, interactive novelty book buzzing with fun, Petr Horácek may make readers reluctant to turn the final page.

The Jar of Happiness book
#21
The Jar of Happiness
Written and illustrated by Ailsa Burrows
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

How do you create happiness? In this story, one child finds a way. She mixes the smell of warm biscuits and the seaside with the taste of chocolate ice cream, apple juice and the warmth of sunshine. She fills the jar and visits her loved ones to share her invention. But one day her jar goes missing. She searches everywhere but cannot find it. As she retraces her footsteps she discovers there are many different ways to share happiness.

Birthday Cake book
#22
Birthday Cake
Written and illustrated by Dan Yaccarino
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

HAPPYLAND introduces three friends Bink, Clyde, and Glub-Glub in a series of delightful adventures that illustrate issues including sharing, gratitude, and worry. "Birthday Cake" tackles the ever-important issue of sharing, as the hero Clyde learns it s as much fun to give as it is to receive. There s nothing more important for little kids entering preschool than to be emotionally ready ready to separate from their parents, to mix and play with new children, to broaden their sense of the world. HAPPYLAND, from award-winning children s author Dan Yaccarino, is the board book series that gives kids, and their parents, the language they need to take these emotional steps."

Clive and His Babies book
#23
Clive and His Babies
Written and illustrated by Jessica Spanyol
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Meet Clive - and his imagination! Clive loves his dolls. He enjoys playing with them, and sharing them with his friends. A gentle, affectionate book, celebrating diversity and challenging gender stereotypes.

Clive and His Bags book
#24
Clive and His Bags
Written and illustrated by Jessica Spanyol
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Meet Clive - and his imagination! Clive loves his collection of bags, and each one suggests a different adventure. He enjoys playing with them, and sharing them with his friends. A gentle, affectionate book, celebrating diversity and challenging gender stereotypes.

Finders Keepers book
#25
Finders Keepers
Written and illustrated by Keiko Kasza
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Fans of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie will love this new preschool gem from beloved storyteller Keiko Kasza A hat is not just a hat in these woods! From tree branch to stream to flower patch—wherever the hat lands, someone knows exactly what to do with it and exclaims, “Finders, keepers!” But this red hat doesn’t stay in one place for long, and everyone will be surprised by what happens to it in the end. Youngsters will be delighted by the silly scenes and clever twists and turns in this charming circular story.

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