All I Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten… and in Kids’ Books

One of the best ways for children to learn values, morals, and even basic vocabulary, is from what they read. Often times, the lessons passed down through children’s literature are lessons that are beneficial to any person at any time during his or her lifetime. You may have heard the poem “All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” And it’s true, we are taught the basic principles of living at a very young age; therefore, children’s books are of monumental importance and play a vital role in educating our youth. Here is a roundup of some of the greats — books I would recommend any mother, father, educator, etc. to share with their children.

1. Oh the Places You’ll Go – Dr. Seuss

This book encompasses the journey of life, including the challenges and joys. It is a popular graduation gift, since the graduate is often beginning this journey. Although most Dr. Seuss stories have an important lesson to tell, this one is certainly one of his best masterpieces.


And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)
KID, YOU’LL MOVE MOUNTAINS! So…be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea,You’re off the Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!

2. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint Exupéry

Though this book is written for children, it has been celebrated around the world as a classic, enjoyed by adults and children alike. Not only does this book have cultural value, as it is translated from French, but it teaches important lessons about life, love, and human nature.


Grown-ups love figures. When you tell them that you have made a new friend, they never ask you any questions about essential matters. They never say to you, “What does his voice sound like? What games does he love best? Does he collect butterflies?” Instead, they demand: “How old is he? How many brothers has he? How much does he weigh? How much money does his father make?” Only from these figures do they think they have learned anything about him.

3. The Giving Tree – Shel Silverstein


As a very emotional, heart-felt work of art, The Giving Tree teaches the value of giving and how happiness is found. Silverstein takes you on a journey through the relationship of a boy and a tree, something that seems so simple, and that is what makes it so good.


Once there was a tree….. and she loved a little boy. And every day the boy would come and he would gather her leaves and make them into crowns and play king of the forest. He would climb up her trunk and swing from her branches and eat apples. And they would play hide-and-go-seek. And when he was tired, he would sleep in her shade. And the boy loved the tree…….very much. And the tree was happy.

4. The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne


Pooh bear, Christopher Robin, Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Tigger, and the rest of the gang provide endless enjoyment through the simple poems and stories written by Milne. Some are imaginative and creative, while others are simple in scope, yet extremely emotional.


If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together.. there is something you must always remember. you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. but the most important thing is, even if we’re apart.. i’ll always be with you.

5. Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak


This book is one of Sendak’s most popular and award-winning books. It is a very creative book that blurs the line between fantasy and reality. The writing and illustrations are a great way to enhance a vivid imagination.


And Max, the king of all wild things, was lonely and wanted to be where someone loved him best of all.

**All photos from Amazon.