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Great Summer Reads that Build Character

July 2, 2014

I was just forwarded this list of books that build character from our colleague and friend, Dana Dean Doering.

I love this list because there are dozens (hundreds?) of titles, with levels denoted along with what aspects of character they focus on. The list is based on the 6 Pillars of Character, as posited by the Josephson Institute. I think they are pillars we can all get behind.

From their website:

T R R F C C
Students can use this acronym to help them remember that people with good character are terrific:
T rustworthiness
R espect
R esponsibility
F airness
C aring
C itizenship

I regret to observe that these values are sometimes lost in today’s educational landscape… the hustle and bustle of testing, grades, and building compelling resumes. But, Becky and I are huge believers in character education– direct and also indirect. You can be the most brilliant anything in the world, but it’s all for naught without an ethical foundation.

Do you recognize any titles on the list from these great summer reads? Of course, we all know Aesop’s “The Boy who Cried Wolf.” I LOVED “Summer of my German Soldier” when I was young. Many on here I am unfamiliar with… what are you favorites, on or off this list?? What other themes surface in these books that complement the noted 6 Pillars?

Enjoy and happy reading!

PS Reluctant reader? Check out my last post on unconventional ways to encourage readers at all ages.

Summer_of_My_German_Soldier

Anyone else remember this classic?

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