5 Books to Help Children Learn Self Control

At AppleTree & Gilden Woods we focus on an important character trait each month as part of our C.O.R.E. Values curriculum. Throughout the month of March, we focus on self-control. Self-control is learned through repetition, patience, and modeling. It can be a challenging character trait to embody and model for your children. One of the most effective ways that children learn is through reading. In honor of National Reading Month, here are a few books you can read with your children to help them better understand what it means to have and exhibit self-control.

Title: Better Than A Princess

Author: Sally Huss

Summary: With a trip to the store for a new dress, a visit to a café for lunch, and a stop at the beauty salon for a new hairdo there were ample opportunities for her to hone her behavior skills. That princess, who had been so helpful in the past, showed up again to guide her into being her best by being polite and in control of herself.



Title: Interrupting Chicken

Author: David Ezra Stein

Summary: It’s time for the little red chicken’s bedtime story —and a reminder from Papa to try not to interrupt, but the chicken can’t help herself! Whether the tale is HANSEL AND GRETEL or LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD or even CHICKEN LITTLE, she jumps into the story to save its hapless characters from doing some dangerous or silly thing. Now it’s the little red chicken’s turn to tell a story, but will her yawning papa make it to the end without his own kind of interrupting?


Title: I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness

Author: Susan Verde

Summary: Perfect for the classroom or for bedtime, Susan Verde’s gentle, concrete narration and Peter H. Reynolds’s expressive watercolor illustrations bring the tenets of mindfulness to a kid-friendly level. Featuring an author’s note about the importance of mindfulness and a guided meditation for children, I Am Peace will help readers of all ages feel grounded, restored and in control.


Title: I Can Handle It!

Author: Ms. Laurie Wright

Summary: Positive self-talk is incredibly important for improving and maintaining mental health and the mindful mantra books are a way to plant that positivity right into a child’s head! Help your child learn to handle difficult emotions along with Sebastien, and provide a tool for lifelong confidence. Depression and anxiety don’t discriminate and our kids need help. I Can Handle It equips children with a necessary skill to alleviate everyday anxieties that arise in their lives.\

Title: My Mouth is a Volcano

Author: Julia Cook

Summary: My Mouth Is A Volcano takes an empathetic approach to the habit of interrupting and teaches children a witty technique to capture their rambunctious thoughts and words for expression at an appropriate time. Told from Louis? perspective, this story provides parents, teachers, and counselors with an entertaining way to teach children the value of respecting others by listening and waiting for their turn to speak.

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