VbE Resources

VbE Resources

We set out below a number of books we recommend for parents and carers who want to find out about or deepen their understanding of Values-based Education.

On the Subject of Values, by Bridget Knight, Mick Waters and others.

A book that describes the VbE curriculum and how schools can implement it, with lots of practical examples that schools can use.

From My Heart, by Dr Neil Hawkes

A book that introduces VbE through the lens of “Transforming Lives Through Values"

The Inner Curriculum, by Dr Neil and Jane Hawkes

A book that explains VbE and the Inner Curriculum

How to Inspire and Develop Positive Values in Your Classroom, by Dr Neil Hawkes

A book on teaching values in the classroom

Does Teaching Values Improve the Quality of Education in Primary Schools? by Dr Neil Hawkes

A book on the impact of VbE

A Quiet Revolution – Encouraging Positive Values in Our Children, by Frances Farrer

A book describing the start of the VbE movement

Little Book of Values, by Julie Duckworth & Ian Gilbert

A book explaining the meaning of values

Focus, by Daniel Goleman

In Focus, Goleman, author of the #1 international bestseller Emotional Intelligence, offers a groundbreaking look at today’s scarcest resource and the secret to high performance and fulfillment: attention.

Thinking Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman

This easy-to-read book's main thesis is a differentiation between two modes of thought: "System 1" is fast, instinctive and emotional; "System 2" is slower, more deliberative, and more logical.

Other recommended books for parents and learners:

 

Friendship

  • Woolly by Sam Childs
  • Little Penguin by Patrick Benson
  • Mr Bill and Clarence by Kay Gallway
  • Do You Want to be my Friend by Eric Carle
  • Ping by Chae Strathey and Marion Lindsay
  • Well Done, Little Bear by Martin Waddell
  • Little Beauty by Anthony Browne
  • The Sleepy Owl by Marcus Pfister
  • Gorilla by Anthony Browne
  • The Tunnel by Anthony Browne
  • Let Me Tell You About Friendship by Bridget Knight
  • Cloudbusting by Malorie Blackman (KS2)
  • Goodnight, Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian (KS2)
  • Skellig by David Almond (KS2)

 

Peace

  • Five Minutes Peace by Jill Murphy
  • Peace at Last by Jill Murphy
  • A Little Moment of Peace by Jenny Meldrum
  • Tusk Tusk by David Mckee
  • Two Monsters by David Mckee
  • Long Neck and Thunderfoot by Helen Piers
  • The Best Christmas Present in the World by Michael Morpurgo
  • War and Peas by Michael Foreman
  • Bible Story: Jesus Calms the Storm
  • Bible Story: Noah’s Ark
  • Diary of a Killer Kat by Anne Fine (KS2)

 

Freedom

  • This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers
  • Elmer by David McKee
  • The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charles Mackesey

 

Love

  • Love Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBrat
  • The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers
  • Love is my Favourite Thing by Emma Chichester Clark
  • Bog Baby by Jeanne Willis
  • Hey I Love You by Ian Whybrow
  • The Many Worlds of Albie Bright by Christopher Edge
  • The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charles Mackesey

 

Unity

  • All Kinds of People by Damon
  • The Smartest Giant in Town by Julia Donaldson
  • A Balloon for Grandad by Nigel Gray and Jane Ray
  • Who is the World For? By Tom Pow
  • The Jolly Postman by Alan and Janet Ahlberg
  • Where the Forest Meets the Sea by Jeannie Baker
  • Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
  • If the World Were a Village by David J Smith
  • The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charles Mackesey
  • Frightened Fred by Peta Coplans
  • Bear Feels Scared by Karma Wilson
  • Silly Billy by Anthony Browne
  • The King That Missed by David Melling
  • Duck Death Tulip by Wolf Erlburgh
  • Hiccup, the Viking Who Was Seasick by Cressida Cowell
  • Billywise by Judith Nicholls
  • Alfie and the Dark by Sally Miles
  • Bear Feels Scared by Karma Wilson
  • The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charles Mackesey
  • The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (KS2)
  • Once by Morris Gleitzman (KS2)
  • Danger is Everywhere by David O’Doherty (KS2)
  • Storm by Kevin Crossley-Holland (KS2)
  • The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Judith Nicholls
  • Percy Jackson, the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (KS2)
  • How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell (KS2

 

Humility

  • Willy the Wimp by Anthony Browne
  • Look What I’ve Got by Anthony Browne
  • Zog and the Flying Doctors by Julia Donaldson
  • The Wind and the Sun – traditional
  • The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charles Mackesey

 

Hope

  • The Nativity Story – traditional
  • The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
  • The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
  • The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charles Mackesey

 

Justice/Equality

  • For Every Child – UNICEF
  • Bill’s New Frock by Anne Fine (KS2)
  • When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr (KS2)
  • The Day the Crayons Quit by Oliver Jeffers
  • The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig
  • The Railway Children by E. Nesbit (KS2)
  • Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kastner (KS2)
  • The Arrival by Shaun Tan
  • The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson (KS2)
  • Gentle Giant by Michael Morpurgo
  • The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charles Mackesey

 

Kindness, Compassion and Generosity

  • Little Beauty by Anthony Browne
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  • Bible Story – Jesus Heals the Leper
  • Penguin by Dolly Dunbar
  • Let Me Tell You About Compassion by Sue Webb
  • The Selfish Crocodile by Faustin Charles and Michael Terry
  • The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr
  • The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde
  • The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charles Mackesey

 

Respect

  • Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
  • Cinderella, Traditional
  • The Three Bears, Traditional
  • I Don’t Care! By Brian Moses and Mike Gordon
  • Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson
  • The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charles Mackesey

 

Determination

  • The Huge Bag of Worries by Virginia Ironside
  • Avocado Baby by John Burningham
  • The Magic Paintbrush by Julia Donaldson
  • The One Hundred Mile an Hour Dog by Jeremy Strong (KS2)
  • The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charles Mackesey

 

Co-operation

  • Bible Story – The Good Samaritan
  • Bible Story – Daniel and the Lion
  • Bible Story: Story of the Creation
  • Handa’s Surprising Day by Eileen Brown
  • The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charles Mackesey

 

Gratitude, Thankfulness

  • A Place to Call Home by Alexis Deacon
  • Noah’s Ark by Lindy Norton
  • The Fish Who Could Wish by Korky Paul
  • A Kitten Called Moonlight by Martin Waddell
  • Grandmother and I by Hellen Buckley and Jan Omerod
  • The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charles Mackesey

 

Responsibility, Care

  • Where the Forest Meets the Sea by Jeannie Baker
  • Dear Greenpeace by Simon James
  • Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers
  • The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charles Mackesey
  • The Hodgeheg by Dick King-Smith (KS2)
  • Charlotte’s Web by E. Nesbit (KS2)
  • My Brother is a Superhero by David Solomons (KS2)
  • Moon Bear by Gill Lewis (KS2)

 

Joy, Happiness

  • Cheer Up Your Teddy Bear by Cressida Cowell
  • Funnybones by Alan and Janet Ahlberg
  • Mr Percy’s Magic Greenhouse by Anthea Kemp
  • How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers
  • The Incredible book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers
  • The Cat in the Hat by Dr Zuess
  • The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charles Mackesey

 

Self-Belief

  • Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andrae
  • Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
  • The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
  • The Paperbag Princess by Robert Munsch
  • Elmer by David McKee
  • The Sheep-Pig by Dick King-Smith (KS2)
  • I Was a Rat… or The Scarlet Slippers by Philip Pullman (KS2)
  • Love That Dog by Sharon Creech (KS2)
  • Mr Stink by David Walliams (KS2)
  • The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charles Mackesey

 

VbE Quality Mark Accreditation

Meritton received full accreditation from Values-based Education Quality Mark in June 2023. (Read more)

 

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