What is honesty?

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8 great reasons to tell the truth

  1. Telling the truth lets everyone know what really happened. There's less chances of misunderstandings, confusion, or conflict.
  2. Telling the truth protects innocent people from being blamed or punished.
  3. Telling the truth allows everyone to learn from what happened.
  4. You usually get into less trouble for telling the truth than for lying (and getting caught).
  5. Other people trust you more when you tell the truth.
  6. You don't have to tell more lies to keep your story straight.
  7. You gain a reputation for being truthful - a trait that most people value.
  8. Telling the truth helps you feel secure and peaceful inside.

10 tips for being more truthful

  1. Make a commitment to tell the truth and honor it.
  2. Tell someone about your commitment and progress.
  3. Think before you give a dishonest answer, explanation, or reason.
  4. Be careful of when and how you use exaggeration, sarcasm, or irony. 
  5. Be careful not to twist the truth or leave out part of it.
  6. Don't indulge in little white lies; don't get caught in cover-ups.
  7. Watch out for silent lies. When you know about a lie and keep quiet, the lie lives on.
  8. When you catch yourself lying, throw your mouth into reverse and tell the truth.
  9. Talk to yourself quietly and ask what is the best thing to do.
  10. Treat your to something special with you tell the truth even when it's hard.

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For Grades K-3

A Day's Work - Bunting

The Empty Pot - Demi

Ira Sleeps Over - Waber

Sam, Bangs, and Moonshine - Ness

The Tale of Peter Rabbit - Potter

Too Many Tamales - Soto

What's So Terrible About Swallowing an Apple Seed? - Lerner & Goldhor

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

Petunia - Duvoisin


Ruby Copy Cat - Rathmann

Strega Nona - De Paola

Rooter Remembers: a Bank Street Book about Values - Oppenheim

The Berenstain Bears and the Truth - Berenstain

The True Francine - Brown

Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock - Stevens

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire - De Groat

I Did It, I'm Sorry - Buehner

Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul 2 - Canfield


For Grades 3-6 

The Value of Honesty: the Story of Confucius - Johnson

The Value of Truth and Trust: the Story of Cochise - Johnson

Dog Years - Warner

Humbug - Bawden

Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook - Park

The Skull of Truth - Coville

Notes from a Liar and Her Dog - Choldenko

Honest Abe - Kunhardt

On My Honor - Bauer

Jennifer-The-Jerk Is Missing - Gorman

One-Eyed Cat - Fox

Spying on Miss Muller - Bunting

Water Sky - George

Your Move, J.P. - Lowry

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