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 Stick book
#26
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.

Should I Share My Ice Cream? (An Elephant and Piggie Book) book
#27
Should I Share My Ice Cream? (An Elephant and Piggie Book)
Written and illustrated by Mo Willems
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In a latest entry in a Geisel Award-winning series, the friendship between reserved Gerald and fun-loving Piggie is tested when Gerald faces a difficult decision. By the Emmy Award- and Caldecott Honor-winning author of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! 100,000 first printing.

Little Cub book
#28
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.

I am absolutely boiling book
#29
I am absolutely boiling
Written and illustrated by Lauren Child
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Charlie and Lola are trying their best to beat the summer heat, but things go from hot to boiling when Lola refuses to talk to her neighbor, Arnold Wolf. He accidentally knocked her ice cream to the ground and won't apologize. Now Lola says that she will not ever, NEVER forgive him. Can Charlie help Lola change her mind?

Sheila Rae's Peppermint Stick book
#30
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.

Madeline's Rescue book
#31
Madeline's Rescue
Written and illustrated by Ludwig Bemelmans
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

“In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines the smallest one was Madeline.” Nothing frightens Madeline—not tigers, not even mice. With its endearing, courageous heroine, cheerful humor, and wonderful, whimsical drawings of Paris, the Madeline stories are true classics that continue to charm readers even after 75 years! When Madeline falls into the river Seine and nearly drowns, a courageous canine comes to her rescue. Now Genevieve the dog is Madeline’s cherished pet, and the envy of all the other girls. What can be done when there’s just not enough hound to go around?

The Jar of Happiness book
#32
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.

Goldilocks and Just One Bear book
#33
Goldilocks and Just One Bear
Written and illustrated by Leigh Hodgkinson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Many years have passed since Goldilocks caused chaos at the Bears’ house in the woods, but what happens when Little Bear as was wanders out of his fairytale and into the big city where Goldilocks now lives? Awarding-winning artist and animator Leigh Hodgkinson is the creator of this funny and clever fractured fairytale based on the familiar story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Goldilocks is now grown up with a family and a rather smart apartment, so how will she react to coming home and finding that a very lost bear has been scoffing porridge, breaking chairs and sleeping in beds? Will she be cross, or is finally time to make amends?

Pass It on book
#34
Pass It on
Written and illustrated by Sophy Henn
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Here’s a fun idea: When you laugh or smile–pass it on! A story about giving, sharing, and joy. When you see something terrific, smile a smile and pass it on! If you chance upon a chuckle, hee hee hee and pass it on. Should you spot a thing of wonder, jump for joy and pass it on! So begins Sophy Henn’s ode to the excitement of sharing happiness with others. With a refrain that begs to be uttered before every turn of the page, children will eagerly read alongside their parents as they discover how wonderful–and fun!–it is to share the good things in life. After all, if you spread happiness to others, even on a gray, rainy day, when you least expect it, like a bolt out of the blue, a smile or a chuckle might be passed right back to you! This heartwarming, upbeat book is the perfect way to bring a warm ray of sunshine into every reader’s life.

Pig the Pug book
#35
Pig the Pug
Written and illustrated by Aaron Blabey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Pig is a greedy and selfish Pug. He has all the bouncy balls, bones, and chew toys a dog could ever want yet he refuses to share with his poor friend, Trevor. Little does he know, however, that being greedy has its consquences. Join Pig as he learns to share - the hard way! Young readers will love the irresistbly quirky and funny illustrations that are paired with a relatable lesson of learning to share with others. For dog and pet lovers everywhere.

We Share Everything! book
#36
We Share Everything!
Written by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-10

On the first day of school, after their kindergarten teacher scolds them for not sharing, a boy and girl share their clothes and shoes.

Crunch! book
#37
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?

That's Not Mine book
#38
That's Not Mine
Written by Anna Kang and illustrated by Christopher Weyant
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

Two fuzzy creatures both want to sit in the same comfy chair. The trouble is, they can’t agree who it belongs to. They get madder and madder, until… With expressive illustrations and simple text, this giggle-inducing tale about (not) sharing and (not) being a good friend features the endearing characters from Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winner You Are (Not) Small.

It's Not Yours, It's Mine! book
#39
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?

Odd Dog book
#40
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
#41
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.

The Fly book
#42
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.

What Is Given from the Heart book
#43
What Is Given from the Heart
Written by Patricia C McKissack and illustrated by April Harrison
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

During the Depression, three young sisters get one baby doll for Christmas and must find a way to learn how to share it.

My Little Gifts book
#44
My Little Gifts
Written by Jo Witek and illustrated by Christine Roussey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

There are many types of gifts. You can give a big, shiny, wrapped gift on Christmas morning, but you can also give the gifts of your help or your time. You can bake a cake for your parents or share what you learned in school with your little sister. You can help a friend unravel a knotty bracelet or smile at a stranger who looks sad. With a spirit of generosity, you'll find you have many gifts to give to the world--and that giving can be even more fulfilling than receiving. Featuring a die-cut cover and interior flaps throughout, My Little Gifts celebrates the gift of giving. The Growing Hearts series celebrates the milestones of a toddler's emotional development, from conquering fears and expressing feelings to welcoming a new sibling.

Pie Is for Sharing book
#45
Pie Is for Sharing
Written by Stephanie Ledyard and illustrated by Jason Chin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

A picnic, a beach, a pie cut into pieces and shared with good friends. Pie is for sharing. It starts off round, and you can slice it into as many pieces as you want. What else can be shared? A ball, of course. A tree? What about time? Through the course of one memorable Fourth of July picnic, Stephanie Ledyard and Jason Chin take young readers through the ups and downs of sharing in this lovely picture book.

Will Bear Share? book
#46
Will Bear Share?
Written and illustrated by Hilary Leung
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-3

An exciting and hilarious new series all about early childhood milestones from debut US talent Hilary Leung!

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