Mentor texts

I have put together a list of picture story books that can be used to model each of the Character Strengths. There are so many more and I would love to add to this list, so please let me know of any ideas you might have! Thank you.

Courage I am brave and I do the right thing even when I feel scared.

The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon Aaron Blabey

Rose Meets Mr Wintergarten  by Bob Graham

Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley  Aaron Blabey

Brave Irene  William Steig

The Dot  Peter Reynolds

A Bus called heaven Bob Graham

The Gruffalo Julia Donaldson

Floods 10  Colin Thomson

Lost Karnak Colin Thomson

Ahn Do Weirdo  Anh Do

The Lorax  Dr Seuss

Fearless  Colin Thomson

Odd Dog Out  Rob Biddulph


Say Something Peggy Moss

The Little Stowaway Vicky Bennett


Enthusiasm I do everything with excitement and energy.

Olivia Ian Falconer

Our Daft Dog Danny Pamela Allen

Olga the Brolga Rod Clement

The Magnificent Tree Nick Bland

The Old Woman who loved to read John Winch

And Kangaroo played his didgeridoo Nigel Gray

Mr Macgee books Pamela Allen

The boy who changed the world Andy Andrews

A Nice Walk in the Jungle  Nan Bodsworth

Cleversticks Bernard Ashley

Too Loud Lily Sofie Laguna

Winnie Allfours Babette Cole


Honesty I always tell the truth and show how I feel.

I Am Cow, Hear Me Moo! Jill Esbaum,

Edward the Emu  Rod Clement

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

Horton hears a Who   Dr Seuss

My Big Lie

Sam tells stories

Chicken Sunday

Persistence I work hard to finish what I start. I don’t give up.


The Day of Ahmed’s Secret Florence Parry

Not a Nibble Elizabeth Honey

Prudence wants a pet Cathleen Daly

Amazing Grace Mary Hoffman

The Most Magnificant Thing Ashley Spires

If You Want to see a whale

The Curious Garden

Rosie Revere Engineer

The Hairy Nosed Wombats Find a New Home Jacqui French

Ten Birds

The Girl and the Bicycle

Flight School

The Carrot Seed

The tortoise and the hare


Friendship I am a good friend to others and understand that my friends have thoughts and feelings.


Possum Magic – Mem Fox, Julie Vivas (1983)

Amy and Louis – Libby Gleeson and Freeya Blackwood (2006)

A Sick Day for Amos McGee P&E Stead

Banjp and Ruby Red Libby Gleeson

How Full is your bucket  Tom Rath & Mary Reckmayer

John Brown, Rose and the midnight cat  Jenny Wagner

The Very Best of Friends  Margaret Wild

Sharing a shell  Julia Donaldson

The Invisible Boy  Trudy Ludwig

Pearl Barlwy and Charlie Parsley  Aaron Blabey

Can I Join Your Club? John Kelly

One Kathryn Otashi

Thank you Mr Falker Patricia Polaco


Kindness I do and say things to make others happy.


Suri’s Wall  Lucy Estela

Celia and Nonna Victoria Land

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge Mem Fox

The Three Questions  Jon Muth

Sebastian lives in a hat  Thelma Catterwell

Stone Soup Jon Muth

Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed Emily Pearson

The Quiltmaker’s Gift Jeff Brumbeau

Love I value the people that I love and show that I care.


The Giving Tree Shel Silverstein

My Dad Anthony Browne

My Mum Anthony Browne

The Heart and the Bottle Oliver Jeffers

The Potato People Pamela Allen

I Love you stinky face  Lisa McCourt

Queenie the Bantam Bob Graham

Noisy Nora Rosemary Wells

The Velveteen Rabbit

The Little Stowaway Vicky Bennett

Fairness I treat everyone equally. I give everyone a fair chance.



Stanley Paste Aaron Blabey

One Step at a time  Jane Jolly

The Last Dragon Susan Miho

Pumpkin Soup Cooper

Smile, Crocodile, Smile An Vrombaut

You and Me, Murrawee  Kerri Hashmi

Masai and I Virginia Kroll

Beauty and the Beast Jan Brett

The Wall Eve Bunting

Oliver Button is a Sissy Tomie dePaola

Now One Foot, Now the Other Tomie dePaola

Through Grandpa’s Eyes Patricia MacLaclan

Annie and the Old One Miska Miles

Rainbow Fish and the Big Blue Whale M Pfister

Grandfather’s Journey Allen Say

The Quilt maker’s Gift Jeff Brumbeau


Leadership I am good at being a leader. I can organise my group and make everyone feel included.


The Lost Thing  Shaun Tan

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore  William Joyce

King Pig  Nick Bland

Green Eggs and Ham  Dr Seuss

Oh, The places you’ll go Dr Seuss

The Giving Tree Shel Silverstein

Madeline Ludwig Bemelmans

The Little Engine that could Watty Piper

Click clack Moo Cows that type Doreen Cronin

The Very Busy Spider  Eric Carle

The Carpet Boy’s Gift

Teamwork I am a great team mate, I do my share and get people to work well together.


Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell

Wombat Stew  Marcia K Vaughan

Who Sank the boat? Pamela Allen

The Day the Crayons Quit Drew Daywalt

The Little Red hen

Stone Soup

Sail Away  Mem Fox

Stellaluna Janelle Canon

The Ant Bully John Nickle

The Araboolies of Liberty Street Sam Swope


Prudence I think carefully and make good choices.


A Fine, Fine School Sharon Creech

Farmer Duck Martin Waddell

Rose Blanche Ian McEwan 9+years

Rose Meets Mr Wintergarten Bob Graham

This is Our House Michael Rosen

When Jessie Came Across the Sea Amy Hest

Uno’s Garden  Graeme Base

Honesty Counts Marie Bender

Pinky Promise Vanita Brava

Arthur and the true Francine Marc Brown

Liar, liar, pants on fire  Diane De Groat

Abdullah’s Butterfly Janine Fraser

for older children.

I Can Tell the Truth Jenette Guntley

Jamaica’s Find Juanite

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse Kevin Henkes

Trustworthiness Emily Lauren

The Koala Who Could Rachel Bright & Jim Field


Sarah, Plain and Tall Patricia MacLachlan

Secrets in the Fire Henning Mankell

I know you cheated Valjean Lenighan

Is That True? Pamela Nettleton

Milo and the Magical Stones Marcus Pfister Marcus.

Chicken Sunday Patricia Polacco

Honesty Lucia Raatma

Walter the Wolf  Marjorie Weinman

A Penny’s Worth of Character Jesse Stuart

Honesty Thoennes Keller, Kristin.

The Empty Pot

Self-Control I can control my emotions, thoughts and actions. I think carefully about how I behave.


Mr Huff  Alma Walker

Noah Dreary  Aaron Blabey

I will not ever never eat a tomato Lauren Child

Diary of a Wombat  Jackie French

Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day   Judith Viorst

The Paper bag Princess

The very cranky bear Nick Bland

The Day the Whale Came In Eve Bunting



Forgiveness I forgive people who hurt me and give people a second chance. I put my sadness behind me and move forward.


Officer Buckle and Gloria Peggy Rathmann

Fox – Margaret Wild

Tiddalick The Frog Who Caused a Flood Robert Roennfeldt

The Paper bag Princess

Milton’s Secret Eckart Tolle

Modesty I don’t show off. I know my strengths and weaknesses.


The Rainbow Fish

Humble Pie Jennifer Donelly

A Children’s Book about showing off Joy berry

The Lamington Man Kel Richards

A Year On Our Farm  Penny Matthews

Gratitude I am thankful for the good things that happen to me. I thank others often.


Belonging by Jeannie Baker hardback

Queenie the Bantam Bob Graham

The Ugliest Dog in the World Bruce Watley

Sam and the Lucky Money Karen Chinn


Hope I look forward to the future and believe that good things will happen.


The Dance Teacher Simon Milne

The Little Refugee books  Anh Do

How To Heal a broken wing  Bob Graham

Arthur  Amanda Graham

The Great Escape from City Zoo  Toby Riddle

The Three Billy goats Gruff

Oh the places you’ll go Dr Seuss


Emma Wendy Kesselman

Edwina the Emu  Sheena Knowles & Rod Clement

Oh, The Places You’ll Go  Dr Seuss

What If? Anthony Browne

Peace begins with you Katherine Scholes


Humour I like to laugh and be funny and I like making others smile or laugh.


Piranas Don’t Eat Bananas  Aaron Blabey

Our Granny  Margaret Wild

Don’t let the pidgeon drive the bus  Mo williiams

Room on the broom Julia Donaldson

Green Eggs and Ham  Dr Seuss

Pig the Pug  Aaron Blabey



Appreciation of beauty and excellence I notice and enjoy the beauty, skill and excellence involved in things around me.


Salmon Forest by David Suzuki and Sarah Ellis

The Hero of Little Street – Gregory Rogers

Animalia – Graeme Base

Hugo The Happy Liebermann, Suzy. Happy

Belonging  Jeannie Baker

Grandpa and Thomas Pamela Allen

Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs Tomie de Paola

One World Michael Foreman

We Are Best Friends Aliki Mulberry

Feelings by Aliki

Dear Brother by Asch, Frank.

Arthur’s Birthday by Brown, Marc.

Do You Want to be my Friend? by Carle, Eric.

Bagels for Benny by Davis, Aubrey.

Corduroy by Freeman, Don.

Chrysanthemum by Henkes, Kevin.

Best Friends for Frances by Hoban, Russell.

Pet Show! by Keats, Ezra Jack.

Peter’s Chair by Keats, Ezra Jack.

A Letter to Amy by Keats, Ezra Jack.

Frog and Toad are Friends by Lobel, Arnold.

Thank you, Mr. Falker by Polacco, Patricia.

The Giving Tree  Shel Silverstein,

A Friend Like Ed Karen Wagner

A New Coat for Anna Harriet Ziefert

Mick Harte Was Here. Barbara Park

Self-Belief I know what I believe in and I wonder about the world I live in.


Best Friends for Frances  by Russell Hoban

Possum Magic  Mem Fox

Mr Tiger Goes Wild  by Peter Brown

Diary of a Wombat Jackie French

Henry and Amy  Stephen King

Too Loud Lily  Sophie Lagua

A Bad Case of Stripes

Thelma the unicorn  Aaron Blabey

Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley  Aaron Blabey

Billy the Punk  Jessica Caroll

Diary of a Wombat  Jackie French

Too Loud Lily  Sophie Lagua

The Naked Penguin  Kyn Lardner

Odd Dog Out  Rob Biddulph

Milton’s Secret  Eckhart Tolle





Creativity I like thinking of new ways to do things.


A Child of Books  Oliver Jeffers

The Terrible Suitcase Emma Allen

Imagine: Alison Lester

Sunday Chutney by Aaron Blabey

Window Jeanie Baker

Magic Beach Alison Lester

Tashi books Anna Fienberg

Just another Ordinary Day Rod Clement

Drac and the Gremlin  Allan Bailie

There’s no such thing as a dragon

What do you do with a kangaroo?

The Great escape from city zoo  Toby Riddle




Curiosity I want to explore and find out new things.


Mr Archimedes’ Bath Pamela Allen

The Waterhole Graham Base

Animalia  Graham Base

Edward the Emu Sheena Knowles

Where the wild things are  Maurice Sendak

Where is the green sheep? Pamela Alen

Dear Greenpeace Simon James

A Nice Walk in the Jungle  Nan Bodsworth

Salmon Forest by David Suzuki and Sarah Ellis

Tokyo Friends – Tokyo no Tomodachi  Betty Reynolds

The Secret Footprints Julia Alvarez

Madeleine. Ludwig Bemelmans,

The Mitten. Jan Brett

Going home. Eve Bunting, Eve

Are There Any Questions? Denys Cazet

Small Green Snake. Libba Gray

The Heart and the Bottle Oliver Jeffers

Grandpa’s face. Eloise Greenfield, Eloise

The Waterhole Graham Base

Are we there yet? Alison Lester

Bamboozled  David Legge

Hugo The Happy Starfish  Suzy Liebermann, Suzy

Counting on Frank  Rod Clement

Mr Archimedes’ Bath  Pamela Allen

The Day of Ahmed’s Secret  Florence Parry Heide

More Than Anything Else Marie Bradby

Odd Boy Out; Young Albert Einstein Don Brown

Verdi Janell Cannon, Janell

Are You My Mother? Eastman, P.D.

Olivia …. and the Missing Toy Ian Falconer

Around the World- Who’s Been Here? Lindsay Barrett George, Lindsay Barrett

The Librarian Who Measured the Earth

Kathryn Lasky

Why Explore? Susan Lendroth

What the Animals Were Waiting For Jonothon London

Curious George Visits the Library Margret Rey


Curious George. H.A Rey

Love of Learning I enjoy learning new things.


Counting on Frank by Rod Clement

Ernie Dances to the Didgeredoo  Alison Lester

The Boy who loved words??



Open mindedness I think carefully before making a decision. I can adapt my decision when things change.


Greetings from Sandy Beach  by Bob Graham

The Wrong Book  Nick Bland

Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban

The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon Aaron Blabey

Ella Kazoo Will Not Brush Her Hair

Green Eggs and Ham Dr Seuss

Pog  Lyn Lee

Charlie and Lola-I will never eat a tomato

I Wanna New Room

The Wonderful Things You Will Be

Charlie and Lola: I wish I could draw more like you

Yobbos Do Yoga  Phillip Gwynne

Voices in the Park Anthony Brown

Green Eggs and Ham  Dr Seuss

The Most Magnificent Thing

Greetings from Sandy Beach Bob Graham

The Wrong Book  Nick Bland

Rose Meets Mr Wintergarden  Bob Graham

Crusher is Coming  Bob Graham

Bad Boris  Mem Fox


Wisdom My friends think that I am wise. I understand what is important in life.


Drawing from Memory by Allen Say 

Mr McGee and the Biting Flea Pamela Allen

Mirror  Jeannie Baker

Sunday Chutney  Aaron Blabey

Couting on Frank  Rod Clement


Shake A Leg by Boori Monty Pryor  illustrated by Jan Ormerod

The Name of the Tree Celia Barker Lottridge

Wilfred Gordan McDonald Partridge Mem Fox






The Sloth Who Came To Stay  Margaret Wild


Gender Stereotyping & Equality 

Horace and Morris mostly Dolores  James Howe

Ballerinas don’t wear glasses Ainslie Manson

The Story of Ruby Bridges



The Great Kapok Tree Lynn Cherry

Prince William Gloria Rand


Non Traditional Families

And Tango Makes Three Justin Richardson