The following is a suggested reading list for primary-age children. These books illustrate elements of the 7 Habits and the universal principles they represent.

Habit 1: Be Proactive

  • King Bidgood's in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood

  • Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman

  • The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Vorst

  • Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully

Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind

  • Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats

  • The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

  • Click, Clack, Moo by Doreen Cronin

  • Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni

  • Galimoto by Karen Lynn Williams

Habit 3: Put First Things First

  • Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London

  • The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

  • Are You My Mother? by PD Eastman

  • The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss

Habit 4: Think Win-Win

  • Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

  • The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins

  • Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse by Leo Lionni

  • The Very Clumsy Click Beetle by Eric Carle

  • Let's Be Enemies by Janice May Udry

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

  • The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown

  • The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by Jon Sciezka

  • Stellaluna by Janell Cannon

  • Jamaica's Find by Juanita Havill

  • Alejandro's Gift by Richard E Albert

Habit 6: Synergize

  • Swimmy by Leo Lionni

  • Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall

  • 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

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

  • Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems

  • Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

  • Henry Hikes to Fitchburg by DB Johnson

  • Me, I Am! by Jack Prelutsky