Value Tales: Teaching Your Child About Famous Historical Figures

Value TalesI’ve been on the hunt again for the old series of Value Tales. My original intention for finding these books was to use them to help me teach Gavin about values, morals and ethics. Since then, we’ve managed to find several other book series that help to meet the same end:

Value Tales by Spencer Johnson

I’m back again to the Value Tales series because they not only teach children about values, they also teach children about notable historical figures. G1 loves reading and he loves stories. What better way to teach him a little bit about history, heroes and instill good character development at the same time?

These are the famous historical figures that are covered in the forty-three ValueTales titles:

  • Secagawea
  • Terry Fox
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Charles Dickens
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Elizabeth Fry
  • Thomas Edison
  • Captain Cook
  • Michael Landon
  • Margaret Mead
  • Albert Schweitzer
  • Winston Churchill
  • Paul Emile Leger
  • Jackie Robinson
  • Louis Pasteur
  • Helen Keller
  • Hariet Tubman
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Jane Addams
  • Nellie Bly
  • Beethoven
  • Mother Theresa
  • Wright Brothers
  • Confucius
  • Maurice Richard
  • Johnny Appleseed
  • Alexander Graham Bell
  • Ralph Bunche
  • Christopher Columbus
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Wilma Rudolph
  • Arthur Ashe
  • Mayo Brothers
  • Will Rogers
  • Cesar Chavez
  • Florence Nightingale
  • Jacques Cousteau
  • Amelia Earhart
  • Hans Christian Andersen
  • Cochise
  • Marie Curie
  • Lucille Ball
  • Jim Henson

To be honest, I don’t even know who some of these people were, but I’m sure it will be interesting reading to find out about them. It will also be a great way to get Gavin interested in some of my heroes – Thomas Edison, Marie Curie, and Benjamin Franklin, just to name a few. Unfortunately, only five of the original stories are still printing – they released them in a new edition. I wonder if they plan to release more? It will be a pity if they don’t. These are such terrific books I can’t understand why they went out of print in the first place.

You can still find these books around – eBay, third party Amazon, other online bookstores, second hand bookshops. It will be tedious, but I think it’s a collection worth having.

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of (a website on parenting, education, child development) and (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

2 thoughts on “Value Tales: Teaching Your Child About Famous Historical Figures

  1. Shen-Li,

    Thanks for introducing me to the Value Tales books. I had never heard of them until I read your post. I think it’s a great series for teaching not only history but values and ethics as well! Sort of hitting several birds with one stone (book). I was able to buy a complete set of the original books on ebay and can’t wait to read them with my daughter.

    Thanks again! 🙂


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