Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller catalogs a multitude of ways to be kind to others, a cornerstone of character, and puts kindness into a larger framework that helps make the whole world better.
The Boy Who Grew a Forest by Sophia Ghotz tells the true story of a boy who has the depth of character to turn around his sadness about deforestation by enriching the soil and planting saplings.
Desmond and the Very Mean Word by Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams shows how a seed of peacemaking wisdom, planted in childhood, can blossom into an unusually reconciliatory character.
The Four Questions by Byron Katie and Hans Wilhelm retells the folktale Chicken Little to teach children the Work, a method of reimagining our character through self-inquiry.
Imagine by Juan Felipe Herrera, the life story of the 51st U.S. Poet Laureate, invites children not to let any obstacles stand in the way of becoming the best person they can be.
The 99 Names of God by Daniel Thomas Dyer is a beautiful book, appropriate for people of all faiths, that helps children understand and embody qualities attributed to God.
Ojiichan's Gift by Chieri Uegaki shows how a girl uses her love of her grandfather's Zen garden as a touchstone to mature into a caregiver and friend, not merely a dependent.