Teaching children about collaboration through books can instill important values such as teamwork, cooperation, and empathy. Here are some wonderful children’s books that focus on collaboration:

“Swimmy” by Leo Lionni

In this story, Swimmy, a small fish with a big heart, collaborates with other fish to outsmart a predator. It emphasizes the power of teamwork and unity in overcoming challenges.


“The Little Red Hen” (traditional tale)

This traditional folk tale is available in many adaptations. It teaches children about the importance of contributing to a group effort and the rewards of working together.


“Pig the Fibber” by Aaron Blabey

This humorous book follows Pig the Pug, who learns a valuable lesson about the consequences of being dishonest and refusing to work with his friends.


“Rosie Revere, Engineer” by Andrea Beaty

In this book about a creative problem solver, the main character, Rosie Revere, learns the power of collaboration when she seeks help from her great-great-aunt Rose to build a new invention.


“A Chair for My Mother” by Vera B. Williams

This book beautifully illustrates the power of a community coming together to support a family in need after a fire destroys their home.


“I Want My Hat Back” by Jon Klassen

In a humorous way, this book shows what can happen when different characters collaborate to solve a mystery.


“The Giant Jam Sandwich” by John Vernon Lord and Janet Burroway

In this fun and imaginative story, the townspeople collaborate to trap a swarm of wasps with a gigantic jam sandwich. It shows how teamwork can achieve big goals.


“The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig” by Eugene Trivizas

This twist on the classic tale teaches children about cooperation and collaboration as the three little wolves build increasingly stronger houses to protect themselves from the big bad pig.


The lessons characters learn and themes authors address are a powerful way to start conversations about tricky subjects and core values including collaboration. Let us know what you, and the young people in your lives, think about these books and their lessons on collaboration, teamwork, and the benefits of working together towards common goals. Any personal favorites you would add to the list?