The Character Council has compiled a list of books that we feel have demonstrated or defined good character, and we would like to share that list with you. If you’re interested in any of these books, simply click on the titles for more information.

Children’s Literature:

Title Author
Princess K.I.M. and the Lie that Grew Maryann Cocca-Leffler
The Boy Who Cried Ninja Alex Latimer
Doug-Dennis and the Flyaway Fib Darren Farrell
Harriet and the Garden Nancy Carlson
Clifford’s Manners Norman Bridwell
Mouse Was Mad Linda Urban
Being Friends Karen Beaumont
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus Mo Willems
Maisy Cleans Up Lucy Cousins
Brave Irene William Steig
Leo the Late Bloomer Robert Kraus
Because of You E.G. Hennessy
Stone Soup Marcia Brown
The Brand New Kid Katie Couric
Teacher Appreciation Day Lynn Plourde
How to Heal a Broken Wing Bob Graham
Coming to America: The Story of Immigration Betsy Maestro
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Judith Viorst
It’s Mine! Leo Lionni
Yoko Rosemary Wells
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon Patty Lovell

Young Adult Fiction:

Title Author
Wonder R.J. Palacio


Title Author
Moral Intelligence: Enhancing Business Performance & Leadership Success Doug Lennick and Fred Kiel, PhD
The Little Red Book of Wisdom Mark Demoss
Greater Expectations: Overcoming the Culture of Overindulgence in our Homes and Schools  William Damon
A Report to the Nation: Smart and Good High Schools: Integrating Excellence and Ethics for Success in School, Work and Beyond Thomas Lickona, PhD and Matthew Davidson, PhD
Character Matters Thomas Lickona, PhD
Becoming a Person of Influence: How to Positively Impact the Lives of Others John C Maxwell and Jim Dornan
Raising Good Children: How to help your children develop a lifelong sense of honesty, decency, and respect for others Thomas Lickona, PhD
First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman
The Broken Hearth: Reversing the Moral Collapse of the American Family William J. Bennett
Character Under Attack & What You Can Do About It Carl Sommer
Character Is Destiny: Inspiring Stories Every Young Person Should Know and Every Adult Should Remember John McCain and Mark Salter
Running With The Giants: What Old Testament Heroes Want You To Know about Life and Leadership John C. Maxwell
Winners Never Cheat: Everyday Values We Learned As Children (But May Have Forgotten) John Huntsman
The Carrot Principle: How the Best Managers Use Recognition to Engage Their People, Retain Talent, and Accelerate Performance Adrian Gostick
Attitude 101: What Every Leader Needs To Know John C. Maxwell
9 Things a Leader Must Do Henry Cloud
Bringing in a New Era in Character Education William Damon
Courage: The Backbone of Leadership Gus Lee and Diane Elliott-Lee
Making Character First: Building a Culture of Character in Any Organization Tom Hill and Walter Jenkins
Our Character, Our Future Alan Keyes
Season of Life Jeffery Marx
Integrity Dr. Henry Cloud
Necessary Endings Dr. Henry Cloud