Books (picture) to introduce the Levels of Development


Here is a list of picture books to introduce the four levels of the Hierarchy of Social Development.
The bold books with the asterisk (*) are the ones I used when I developed and taught the levels.

Level A Books – Anarchy (not acceptable level)
*Miss Nelson Is Missing
by Harry Allard and James Marshall
Mean Soup, by Betsy Everitt
Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink, by Diane deGroat
Miss Nelson is Missing, by Harry Allard
We Share Everything, by Robert Munsch
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, by Kevin Henkes
When Sophie Gets Angry Really Really Angry, by Molly G. Bang

Level B Books – Bullying and Bothering (not acceptable level)
*The Three Little Pigs
by James Marshall
Crickwing, by Janell Cannon
Recess Queen, by Alexis O’Neill
A Weekend With Wendell, by Kevin Henkes
Chester’s Way, by Kevin Henkes
The King of the Playground, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Three Cheers for Tacky, by Helen Lester
The Practically Perfect Pajamas, by Erik Brooks
How to Lose All Your Friends, by Nancy L. Carlson
Big Bad Bruce, by Bill Peet
Bootsie Barker Bites, by Barbara Bottner
Hooway for Wodney Wat, by Helen Lester
The Ant Bully, by John Nickle
Goggles!, by Ezra Jack Keats

Level C Books – Cooperation and Conformity (external motivation)
 Sleeps Over by Bernard Weber
Disappearing Ducks, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
The Little Red Hen, by Paul Galdone
The Little Red Hen: (Makes a Pizza), by Philemon Sturges
The Enormous Potato, by Aubrey Davis
It’s My Birthday, by Helen Oxenbury
Swimmy, by Leo Lionni
Whoever You Are, by Mem Fox
The Mitten Tree, by Candace Christiansen
Berenstein Bear’s Lend a Helping Hand, by Stan Berenstain
Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose, by Dr. Seuss
Farmer Duck, by Martin Waddell
Berlioz the Bear, by Jan Brett
The Missing Piece Meets The Big O by Shel Silverstein

Level D Books – Democracy
*The Hole in the Dike
by Norma Green—or
*The Boy Who Held Back the Sea by Thomas Locker
Brave Irene, by William Steig
The Runaway Rice Cake, by Ying Chang Compestine
The Quiltmaker’s Gift, by Jeff Brumbeau
Little Toot, by Hardie Gramatky
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge, by Mem Fox
The Legend of the Lady Slipper, by Lise Lunge-Larsen and Margi Preus
Rainbow Fish, by Marcus Pfister
Miss Rumphius, by Barbara Cooney
Brave Irene, by William Steig
The Hole in the Dike, by Norma B. Green
Snowflake Bentley, By Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Big Bad Wolf is Good, by Simon Puttock

These YouTubes may also help:

Finally, if you can afford a few dollars, Children of the Rainbow School has a story for each level as well as a picture for kids to compare the differences between the levels. Check it out at