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Leader In Me - Student Reading List

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The following are a list of Leader In Me themed books that are helpful not only for our classroom teachers, but for our parents as well. These books can be found on Amazon, or your local library.






The Berenstain Bears and the Bad Habit by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban

D.W. the Picky Eater by Marc Brown

The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Teasing by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Sam Who Never Forgets by Eva Rice



Frederick by Leo Lionni

Smoky Night by Eve Bunting

Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber

Stone Soup (any version)

Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola



Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni

Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

Mean Soup by Betsy Everitt

The Empty Pot by Demi


Habit 1: Be Proactive

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman

The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub by Ardrey Wood

The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle

The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss

Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville

On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer

Someday a Tree by Eve Bunting

Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream by Deloris Jordan

The Real McCoy: The Life of an African-American Inventor by Wendy Towle


Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind

The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin

Pancakes, Pancakes by Eric Carle

Galimoto by Karen Lynn Williams

Where Do You Think You’re Going, Christopher Columbus? By Jean Fritz

Lucy Mastermind by Alan Feldman

Eddie, Incorporated by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Bobby Baseball by Robert Kimmel Smith

The School Story by Andrew Clements


Habit 3: Put First Things First

Froggy Gets Dress by Jonathan London

The little Red Hen by Paul Galdone

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Alejandro’s Gift by Richard E. Albert

Jamaica’s Find by Juanita Havill

The Week Mom Unplugged the TV’s by Terry Wolfe Phelan

Irving Black’s Strange Snack by Roz Rosenbluth

Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

The TV Kid by Betsy Cromer Byars

Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World by Mildred Pitts Walter


Habit 4: Think Win-Win

Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse by Leo Lionni

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins

The Very Clumsy Click Beetle by Eric Carle

Let’s Be Enemies by Janice May Udry

The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss

Dragon Stew by Tom McGowen

Law of the Great Peace by John Bierhart

The Checker Players by Alan Venable

Hiawatha, Messenger of Peace by Dennis Brindell Fradin


Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

Stellaluna by Janell Cannon

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka

The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown

Are You my Mother? by P.D. Eastman

Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino

Marrying Malcolm Murgatroyd by Mame Farrell

Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

Rules by Cynthia Lord

Veronica Knows Best by Nancy K. Robinson

The Bully of Barkham Street by Mary Stolz


Habit 6: Synergize

Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall

Swimmy by Leo Lionni

A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams

Clifford’s Spring Clean-Up by Norman Bridwell

How the Second Grade Got $8205.50 to Visit the Statue of Liberty by Nathan Zimelman

The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg

A Wrinkle in Time by Madaline L’Engle

Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech

The Chalk Box Kid by Clyde Robert Bulla

Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco


Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late by Mo Willems

Henry Hikes to Fitchburg by D.B. Johnson

Me I Am! by Jack Prelutsky

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg

Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan

The New Kid on the Block by Jack Prelutsky

A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

Wind in the Long Grass: A Collection of Haiku edited by William Higginson