The Best Children’s Books About Lying

“What are the best Children’s books about Lying ?” We looked at 47 of the top Kids Lying books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 13 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Kids Lying ” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 25+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

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Top 13 Best Children’s Books About Lying



13 .) Eli’s Lie-O-Meter: A Story about Telling the Truth written by Sanfra Levins

Eli’s Lie-O-Meter: A Story about Telling the Truth

Lists It Appears On:

  • Early Childhood Education Zone
  • Mommy Evolution

Eli learns about the consequences of his fibs and the value of telling the truth. Includes note to parents.



12 .) Let’s Be Honest written by P.K. Hallinan

Let’s Be Honest

Lists It Appears On:

  • Early Childhood Education Zone
  • Third Hour

Introduces the concept of honesty as a young child describes why it is best to tell the truth at all times.



11 .) Liar, Liar written by Gary Paulsen

Liar, Liar

Lists It Appears On:

  • Early Childhood Education Zone
  • Third Hour

Fourteen-year-old Kevin is very good at lying and doing so makes life easier, but when he finds himself in big trouble with his friends, family, and teachers, he must find a way to end his lies forever.



10 .) Molly the Great Tells the Truth written by Shelley Marshall

Molly the Great Tells the Truth

Lists It Appears On:

  • Early Childhood Education Zone
  • Third Hour

Superheroes always tell the truth . . . or do they? When Molly puts on her clever crown and Ben ties on his courageous cape, this duo can accomplish anything. However, even superheroes must sometimes be reminded to be honest.



9 .) Tell the Truth B.B. Wolf written by Judy Sierra

Tell the Truth B.B. Wolf

Lists It Appears On:

  • Mommy Evolution
  • Talking Tree Books

When Big Bad Wolf, who now lives at the Villain Villa Retirement Residence, is invited to tell his story at the library, he faces the truth about what he did to the three little pigs and decides to make amends.



8 .) The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot written by Scott Magoon

The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot

Lists It Appears On:

  • Early Childhood Education Zone
  • Talking Tree Books

Ben has so often tried to convince people he has seen Bigfoot that when a real yeti arrives and borrows his bicycle, no one comes to see if Ben is telling the truth.



7 .) The Boy Who Cried Wolf written by B. G. Hennessy

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

Lists It Appears On:

  • Mommy Evolution
  • Talking Tree Books

A boy tending sheep on a lonely mountainside thinks it a fine joke to cry “wolf” and watch the people come running–and then one day a wolf is really there, but no one answers his call.



6 .) The Stories Julian Tells written by Ann Cameron

The Stories Julian Tells

Lists It Appears On:

  • Early Childhood Education Zone
  • Third Hour

Relates episodes in seven-year-old Julian’s life which include getting into trouble with his younger brother Huey, planting a garden, what he did to try to grow taller, losing a tooth, and finding a new friend.



5 .) Victory Vault written by Jake Maddox

Victory Vault

Lists It Appears On:

  • Early Childhood Education Zone
  • Third Hour



4 .) Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie written by Laura Rankin

Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie

Lists It Appears On:

  • Early Childhood Education Zone
  • Mommy Evolution
  • Third Hour

Ruthie loves tiny things and when she finds a tiny camera on the playground she is very happy, but after she lies and says the camera belongs to her, nothing seems to go right.



3 .) The Berenstain Bears and the Truth written by Stan and Jan Berenstain

The Berenstain Bears and the Truth

Lists It Appears On:

  • Early Childhood Education Zone
  • Mommy Evolution
  • Third Hour

Brother and Sister Bear learn how important it is to tell the truth after they accidentally break Mama Bear’s most favorite lamp.



2 .) The Honest to Goodness Truth written by Patricia McKissack

The Honest to Goodness Truth

Lists It Appears On:

  • Early Childhood Education Zone
  • Talking Tree Books
  • Third Hour

After promising never to lie, Libby learns that it’s not always necessary to blurt out the whole truth either.



1 .) The Empty Pot written by Demi

The Empty Pot

Lists It Appears On:

  • Early Childhood Education Zone
  • Mommy Evolution
  • Talking Tree Books
  • Third Hour

When Ping admits that he is the only child in China unable to grow a flower from the seeds distributed by the Emperor, he is rewarded for his honesty.




The 25+ Additional Best Kids Books About Or Featuring Lying



# Books Authors Lists
14 A Big Fat Enormous Lie   Third Hour
15 A Hen for Izzy Pippik   Mommy Evolution
16
And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street
  Mommy Evolution
17 Be honest and tell the truth   Talking Tree Books
18 Be Proud   Talking Tree Books
19 Being Frank   Talking Tree Books
20 Berenstain Bears and the Truth   Talking Tree Books
21 Character Building Day by Day   Talking Tree Books
22 David Gets in Trouble   Early Childhood Education Zone
23 Dessert First   Mommy Evolution
24
Fancy Nancy: My Family History (I Can Read Level 1)
  Mommy Evolution
25 Father and Son Edmund Gosse Five Books
26
Honestly, Mallory! (Mallory (Darby Creek))
  Mommy Evolution
27 Jackalope   Third Hour
28 Lying up a storm   Talking Tree Books
29 Making up the Mind Chris Frith Five Books
30
Pinky Promise: A Book About Telling the Truth
  Early Childhood Education Zone
31 Sam, Bangs & Moonshine   Mommy Evolution
32
Telling the Truth: Learning about Honesty, Integrity, and Trustworthiness
  Early Childhood Education Zone
33 That’s Mine, Horace   Mommy Evolution
34 The Big Fat Enormous Lie   Early Childhood Education Zone
35 The Big Lie, a Katie Woo Story   Talking Tree Books
36 The Boy with the Topknot Sathnam Sanghera Five Books
37
The Classic Treasury of Aesop’s Fables
  Mommy Evolution
38
The Dog That Stole Football Plays (Passport to Reading Level 3)
  Mommy Evolution
39 The Emperor’s New Clothes   Mommy Evolution
40 The German Trauma Gitta Sereny Five Books
41
The Secret Identity of Devon Delaney
  Third Hour
42
The Skull of Truth: A Magic Shop Book
  Mommy Evolution
43
Touchdown Trouble (Fred Bowen Sports Stories: Football)
  Mommy Evolution
44 Whoops! Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay John Lanchester Five Books
45
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears: A West African Tale
  Mommy Evolution
46
Winners Take All (All-Star Sports Story)
  Mommy Evolution
47 Zip, Zip…Homework   Mommy Evolution


5 Best Lying Children’s Book Sources/Lists



Source Article
Early Childhood Education Zone The 15 Best Children’s Books About Telling the Truth
Five Books The Best Books on Lying
Mommy Evolution Children’s Books About Honesty & Integrity
Talking Tree Books Picture Books about Honesty for Kids
Third Hour 12 Perfect Children’s Books about honesty

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