This is a list of fabulous books you should read.

If you have a child, I recommend you read these books together and talk about the messages inherent within them. Discuss what the message means for your own life and share that with your child. And listen carefully to what s/he has to say about his or her own interpretation of the message contained within the book both for his/herself and his/her thoughts on your sharing.

If you don’t have a child, read them anyway. We can all play, have fun and take the message on board via these means. Great insights are to be had in just minutes. Think about the characters, the plot, what the take-away is for your own life. Bring some fun to the process, write down your thoughts, apply the lesson.

These books are correlated with the 6 Surprisingly Simple Ways to Change The World that I believe are critical for success at home, at work, and at play. Enjoy!

 

Children’s Storybook #1:

Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell

Only change yourself. Change comes from within; it requires respect for self and others.

 

Children’s Storybook #2:

Just Grace by Charise Mericle

Don’t assume; ask. Don’t ever assume what the “other person” needs or wants.  Try asking.

 

Children’s Storybook #3:

Beautiful Oops by Barney Salzberg

Take risks; be willing to fail, but never give up.

 

Children’s Storybook #4:

Waiting For Wings by Lois Ehlert

Wait before deciding. Waiting improves thinking; become a “delay specialist.” 

 

Children’s Storybook #5:

Weslandia by Paul Fleishman

Know that hard work and character triumph over high-test scores.

 

Children’s Storybook #6:

Don’t Need Friends by Carol Crimi

Remember friends are more important for long life and happiness than any other element.

 

Do you have any favorite picture books you’d like to recommend for adults? Tell us in the comments!

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Anabel Jensen

President of Six Seconds and professor of education, Anabel Jensen, Ph.D., is a master teacher and a pioneer in emotional intelligence education. A two-time Federal Blue Ribbon winner for excellence in education, she was Executive Director of the Nueva School from 1983 to 1997 where she helped develop the Self-Science curriculum featured in Daniel Goleman’s 1995 bestselling book, Emotional Intelligence.

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