Books about teamwork for kids come in handy any time of the year. We often want to encourage our kids to work as a team to build community and work on projects. It’s an important character strength that future employers will be looking for in new hires.
“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” –Henry Ford
Here is a sneak peek at what you’ll find in this post.
- Favorite books that focus on the theme of TEAMWORK including a FREE printable book list.
- A list of discussion questions/conversation starters about the character strength- TEAMWORK which you can also print.
- Resources for families to hold a Family Dinner Book Club on the TEAMWORK theme including menu ideas, activities, and a family service project.
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Swimmy by Leo Lionni is an older story about one fish teaching they other fish that if they work together then they can overcome danger.
The Juice Box Bully by Maria Dismondy is the story of a class who work together to help a bully realize the wrong in his ways.
Duck is doing all the work in Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell as the human farmer spends his time in bed. But, the other farm animals decide to work together to teach the farmer a lesson and help their friend, Duck.
Stone Soup by John J. Muth is a classic story of making something from nothing and working together to create a pot of soup to feed many.
Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann is a longtime funny favorite of many. Officer Buckle’s safety presentations liven up when the sidekick dog, Gloria, joins him on stage. But can either of them run things effectively on their own?
The Junkyard Wondersby Patricia Polacco is perfect for anyone who feels different or feels like they can’t be a part of a team. Polacco shares a story from her own childhood when she was in a classroom called the junkyard wonders. This close-knit group of kids and an amazing teacher showed the whole school that bringing your talents to the table and working together can lead to creating great things.
The Big Enormous Turnip illustrated by Helen Oxenbury is one of my favorite versions of the story. There is a turnip that needs to be pulled from the ground, but it’s going to take the work of a team to get the root vegetable. One of our Growing Book by Book readers also recommends Grandma Lena’s Big Ol’Turnip by Denia Lewis Hester
The Secret Life of the Red Fox by Laurence Pringle shows us the teamwork that occurs between two fox mates on a yearlong journey of their lives.
Tractor Mac Teamwork by Billy Steers works well with very young children who are giddy over all things with wheels. This series book shows that when everyone works on the farm, things get done and everyone feels useful.
Up the Creek by Nicholas Oldland is the story of a bear, a moose, and a beaver out in the wild. They spend most of the day arguing over who is going to do what and when. But, when a situation arises, they discover working together is the best method for success.
Sun and Cloud are at odds in How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow by Monica Sweeney. The crayons work together to bring cooperation back to Sun and Cloud.
Fly, Fly Again by Katie Jaffe and Jennifer Lawson is a story about not giving up on your dreams and working together to make them happen. Jenny wants to fly. She is struggling with making it a reality but when she works together with her neighbor, Jude, they make it happen.
Quarto Kids has a series called Friends Change the World by Zoë Tucker about friends who work together to accomplish something in the world. Check out We Are the Apollo 11 Crew and We Are the NASA Scientists.
Get your downloadable printable list of all the books on this list below. Take it to the library or copy it for families.
TEAMWORK DISCUSSION STARTERS
Whether you pick one book to read on the list or many, you can use these conversation starters to talk about the character strength of TEAMWORK. You can also print the list out below.
-Which character(s) from the story used the strength of teamwork? How?
-Tell us about a time you have been on a team.
-What are some things that teams can do together?
-How can someone be a good team member?
-Do you have a favorite sports team? How do they work together as a team?
-There is a saying that there is no “I” in teamwork. What does that mean?
PRINT THE TEAMWORK BOOK LIST AND DISCUSSION STARTERS
Print out the book list and discussion starters. Take it to the library or copy it for families. Just click the green button below.
TEAMWORK FAMILY DINNER BOOK CLUB
This book list and theme make a great start for families to hold their own Family Dinner Book Club.
What is a Family Dinner Book Club?
- On the first of each month, we provide all the details for your dinner.
- Sarah from Chef Sarah Elizabeth shares a themed menu to compliment the theme for the month.
- Laura from Sunny Day Family shares an activity and a family service project.
- And, I share a book list that compliments the themes plus conversation starters.
For our theme of TEAMWORK, you have found the book list and discussion starters on this page.
Check out the themed menu from Chef Sarah Elizabeth.—>TEAMWORK MENU
And, visit Sunny Day Family for a family service project idea and more activities.—>TEAMWORK ACTIVITIES
For even more ideas, like our Family Dinner Book Club Facebook Page.
Love this list! I see some old favorites and new ones to try. Thanks so much!