This is Part Two of a Six Part Series on the 50 Books Every Child Should Read Before they Turn 8.

All of these books teach valuable life lessons on:

Responsibility
Perseverance
Family & Friends
Courage
Kindness
Exploration & Discovery

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Hardscrabble Harvest
Dahlov Ipcar (2009)
Ages 2-6

A family works hard on their farm to plant and protect their seeds.  Even though they struggle, their hard work results in a great fall harvest.

Red Wagon

Renata Linska (2013)
Ages 3-5

Lucy the  Fox wants to play but has to do a chore for her mom,  Taking her imagination with her she experiences adventure while accomplishing the task she has to do.

Oh No! Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World

Mac Barnett/ Dan Santat (2010)
Ages 3-7

A girl creates a robot for her science project but she realizes what consequences could happen and ‘What I Should have…”

William’s Doll

Charlotte Zolotow/ William Pene du Bois (1985)
Ages 4-8

William wants a doll but gets made fun of because he is a boy.  Once it is discovered that he wants to be a good father, people understand.

Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas

Natasha Yim/ Grace Zong (2015)
Ages 4-8

After Goldy messes up things for the three Pandas, she takes responsibility for her actions.  This Chinese American retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears shows that taking responsibility for your actions can lead to new friendships.

Can I Keep Him

Stephen Kellogg (1976)
Ages 4-8

Being responsible for a pet is hard work and is a decision that cannot be taken lightly.  A little boy goes through all his choices and what could happen.

I Love You Just Enough

Robbyn Smith van Frankenhuyzen/ Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen (2014)
Ages 6-9

Heather, during her summer vacation, cares for a duckling and learns that love and responsibility are part of keeping something safe.

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