7 Habits Books

Suggested Books that Can Be Used to Reinforce the 7 Habits

Foundational Principles:

  • The Empty Pot—Demi
  • Ruby the Copycat—Peggy Rathman
  • Character Education—McGraw-Hill Children Publishing
  • Hi New Baby—Robie H. Harris
  • How Leo Learned to Be King—Marcus Pfister
  • Somebody Loves you, Mr. Hatch—Eileen Spinelli
  • Oops, Sorry—Richard Morgan
  • The Falling Leaves and the Scarecrow—Steve Metzger
  • The Cap—Frank Shaffer
  • Building Moral Intelligence—Michelle Borba
  • Eggbert, The Slightly Cracked Egg—Tom Ross &Rex Baron
  • One Smile—Cindy McKinley
  • Chicken Soup for Little Souls–The Goodness Gorillas—Lisa McCourt

Emotional Bank Account:

  • Chrysanthemum—Kevin Henkes Have you Filled a Bucket Today?


  • The Berenstain Bears and the Bad Habit by Stan and Jan Berenstain Bread and Jam for France by Russell Hoban
  • D. W., Picky Eater by Marc Brown
  • Berenstain Bears and Too Much Teasing by Stan and Jan Berenstain
  • Sam Who Never Forgets by Eve 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
  • Miss Toggle’s Beautiful Blue Shoe by Robin Pulver

Circle of Influence:

  • Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni
  • Mirette and the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCull
  • Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
  • Mean Soup by Betsy Everitt
  • The Empty Pot by Demi
  • Pinduli by Janell Cannon

Habit 1 – Be Proactive:

  • Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
  • The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper
  • King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood
  • The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle
  • The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
  • Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon
  • My Many Colored Days—Dr. Seuss
  • Oh, the Places You’ll Go—Dr. Seuss
  • Willy the Wimp—Anthony Browne
  • Hatchett—Gary Paulsen
  • When I Feel Angry—Cornelia Maude Spelman
  • Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell
  • Enemy Pie (Reading Rainbow book) by Derek Munson
  • The Recess Queen– Alexis O’Neill
  • Don’t Laugh At Me — Steven Seskin
  • I Like Myself! By Karen Beaumont
  • The Pout-Pout Fish– Deborah Diesen
  • aInch by Inch—Leo Lionni

Habit 2 – Begin with the End in Mind:

  • The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
  • Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats
  • Click, Clack, Cows that Moo by Doreen Cronin
  • Pancakes, Pancakes by Eric Carle
  • Galimoto by Karen Lynn Williams
  • Simple Pictures are Best by Nancy Willard
  • Chicken Little
  • Wake Up Henry Rooster
  • The Great Serum Race by Debbie S. Miller
  • Song: Listen Before You Leave by Fred Penner on Happy Feet CD
  • The Hundred Penny Bo by Sharon Bill Mathis
  • How We Are Smar by W. Nikola-Lia
  • Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
  • The Carrot Seed—Ruth Krauss
  • Mirette on the High Wire—Emily Arnold McCully
  • Suoerdog: The Heart of a Hero by Caralyn and Mark Buehner

Habit 3 – First Things First:

  • Froggy Gets Dressed 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
  • Dear Children of the Earth by Schim Schimmel
  • The Slapshot Star by Gloria Miller
  • Hurry up, Franklin
  • Pancakes For Breakfast—Eric Carle

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
  • It’s Snowing by Steve Metzger
  • Amos Steig by Amos & Boris
  • Something From Nothing by Phoebe Gilman
  • The Black Book of Colors by Menema Cottin-Rosana Faria
  • Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
  • Horrible Harry’s Secret by Suzy Kline
  • The Moccasin Goalie by Roy Brownridge
  • Lillie’s Big Day by Kevin Henkes
  • Nine Gold Medals by David Roth (Poem)
  • A Box of Crayons by Shane DeRolf (Poem)
  • The Legend of the Bluebonnet by Tomie DePaola
  • Smoky Night by Eve Bunting

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
  • Arthur’s Christmas by Marc Brown
  • Miss Toggle’s Zipper by Robin Pulver
  • The Island of the Skog by Steven Kellogg
  • Grandfather Counts by Andrea Cheng
  • It Looked Like Spilled Milk by Charles Shaw
  • The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
  • Alejandro’s Gift by R.E. Albert

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 2nd Grade Got $8205.50 to Visit the Statue of Liberty by Nathan Zimelman
  • Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco
  • The Biggest Snowman Ever by Steven Kroll
  • The Gigantic Turnip by Aleksei Tolsoy & Niamh Sharkey
  • Frederick by Leo Lionni

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
  • An Ant’s Day Off by Bonny Becker
  • Incredible You by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
  • The Three Questions by Leo Tolstoy
  • Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
  • Henry Hikes to Fitchburg by D.B. Johnson

Upper Elementary Book List

Habit 1 – Be Proactive:

  • “Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher” by Bruce Coville
  • “On My Honor” by Marion 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:

  • “Where Do You Think You’re Going, Christopher Columbus?” by Jean Fritz
  • “Lucy Mastermind” by Alan Feldman
  • “Eddie, the Incorporated” by Phyllis Naylor
  • “Bobby Baseball” by Robert Kimmel Smith
  • “The School Story” by Andrew Clements

Habit 3 – Put First Things First:

  • “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 Byars
  • “Justin & the Best Biscuits in the World” by Mildred Pitts Walter

Habit 4 – Think Win-Win:

  • “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:

  • “Marrying Malcolm Murgatroyd” by Mame Farrell
  • “Witch of Blackbird Pond” by Elizabeth George Speare
  • “Rules” by Cynthia Lord
  • “Veronica Knows Best” by Nancy Robinson
  • “The Bully of Barkham Street” by Leonard Shortall

Habit 6 – Synergize:

  • “The View from Saturday” by E.L. Konigsburg
  • “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeline 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:

  • “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