“We are sometimes surprised by how seemingly trivial things affect young children greatly.
This series by Ken Spillman demonstrates sensitivity towards children’s emotions and
profound respect for children’s judgement, without being didantic. The narratives are effective
as they deal with ordinary issues that young readers can identify with. The characters’ growth
and insights also come naturally.”
Assistant Professor Myra Garces-Bascal
PhD Coordinator of MEd in High Ability Studies
National Institute of Education, Singapore
The Virtues Series was created to engage young readers with positive messages. Comprising 12 books in all, the series is the brainchild of internationally acclaimed children’s author Ken Spillman, who drew inspiration from a global grassroots initiative known as “The Virtues Project”. He casts authentic young characters into everyday situations that reveal the meaning of such virtues as reliability, compassion, cooperation, forgiveness, confidence, courage, creativity, thankfulness, diligence, patience, honesty and a sense of justice. Suitable for independent reading by six-to-10-year-olds or guided reading in schools, the stories are underpinned by the age-old belief that our innate potential for virtue can be awakened through stories and discussion.
Suitable for independent reading by six-to-10-year-olds or guided reading in schools, the stories are underpinned by the age old belief that our innate potential for virtue can be awakened through stories and discussion.
In Brandon’s Big Test, Brandon is motivated to face a new challenge headon, but can he be relied on to do the job?
In Emily’s Heart of Gold, an ordinary girl experiences an extraordinary situation and learns compassion for others.
In Ethan Makes It Right, Ethan’s mum helps Ethan learn a very important lesson about forgiveness.
In Tessa Stands Tall, Tessa questions whether she should stand up for justice, even if it means losing out in the process.
In Ryan Teams Up, a younger brother learns that cooperation is not just about getting things done, it is also about helping others and having fun.
In Mikaela Finds Her Voice, a young girl grows in confidence and sheds her shyness, with the help of others.
In James Works it Out, things do not come easy for James. What can Dad do to stop him from becoming a quitter?
In Sophie’s Moment of Truth, Sophie grumbles her way through a family holiday. Will she ever learn to be thankful?
In Dylan Owns Up, Dylan gives in to temptation. How will he ever be able to put things right?
In Zara’s Time to Grow, Zara has always been impatient. When waiting is important, will she find a way?
In Nicholas Floats an Idea, when Nicholas responds to a creative challenge, he finds he has oceans of ideas.
In Grace Under Pressure, Grace knows something that a bully doesn’t want her to know. Will she keep quiet about it?