Best Baby & Toddler Books About Sharing

Top 9 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 Nice Book book
#1
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.

Too Many Carrots book
#2
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.

Gossie book
#3
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.

A New Chick for Chickies book
#4
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!

One Big Pair of Underwear book
#5
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!

Little Cub book
#6
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.

Sheila Rae's Peppermint Stick book
#7
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.

I'm Sunny! (My First Comics) book
#8
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.

Will Bear Share? book
#9
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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