Teaching children to be fair and that things sometime happen that just are not fair is hard. These books can help teach children about fairness and begin a conversation that will help them understand. In these books, you will find characters that make the effort overcome unfairness at home, school, or in their communities.
Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman is a great starting point to discuss fairness, racism and equality. Grace is an imaginative girl who wants the part of Peter Pan in the class presentation. However, classmates tell her that she cannot, one because she is a girl and another because of the color of her skin. Support from her family reminds her that she can do anything she puts her mind to. This is the first book in a series about Grace.
Out of the Egg by Tina Matthews is a new take on the classic tale of the Little Red Hen. In this new look at the story, the hen tells her unhelpful friends that they cannot play under the tree they did not help to grow. However, her young chick thinks that response is mean and invites them to come and play. By the end of the day, Hen has reconsidered.
Enemy Pie by Derek Munson is all about giving people a chance before deciding whether they will be a friend, or an enemy. One little boy has decided that the new kid on the block will be an enemy. His father helps his make an enemy pie, and follows the instructions of spending the day with that enemy and being nice to the letter. The pie works its magic get rid of his enemy, but not as he expects.
Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems is a story of tolerance and acceptance. A community of naked mole rats lives its life as you might expect, with absolutely no clothes. That is all the moles except for Wilbur, who has quite and extensive wardrobe. When he is forced to go before the wise community elder because of his love of clothing, he has a surprise in store.
It Wasn’t My Fault by Helen Lester is a book that can help demonstrate that we are all ultimately responsible for our own decisions, and the events that they bring about. Murdley Gurdson is generally at fault for the accidents that happen to him. However, when a bird lays an egg on Murdley’s head he begins a hunt for who is to blame.
A Very Big Bunny by Mari Sabina Russo finds that being different is not always fun, but there are good things about it too. Amelia is always last in line and the other students do not want to play with her because of her size. Then a special new classmate shows her that size is not the most important thing and Amelia grows into a confident friend.
A Balloon for Isabel by Deborah Underwood follows the mission of one young porcupine to make she that she and a fellow prickly classmate can receive balloons for graduation. Not only does she love balloons, but she also wants to be treated like the rest of her class.
It’s Not Fair! by Anita Harper offers a fresh perspective on fairness among siblings and sibling rivalry. The older sister and then younger brother discover that there are things each get to do, that the other does not. There are good things about each position in birth order. Making the benefits of each age fair, despite how it might seem at any given moment.