The 7 habits for Kids

Beautifully Illustrated Stories

Teach the life-ready principles of initiative, planning, teamwork, and more to elementary-age children.

In this book, bestselling author Sean Covey introduces the characters of 7 Oaks. There’s never a dull moment In 7 Oaks! Whether playing soccer with Jumper Rabbit or planting a garden with Lily Skunk, all the friends are always having fun and learning something new, and these seven beautifully illustrated stories show how keeping the 7 Habits® in mind makes this way of life possible.

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Helping Parents Teach the 7 Habits

Each story includes a Parents’ Corner to help children learn and apply the habits demonstrated by the kids of 7 Oaks at home. The Parents’ Corner includes additional examples from Sean, key points to highlight throughout each story, discussion questions, and suggestions for practicing the habits once the story comes to a close.

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The Characters of 7 Oaks

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Goob Bear

Goob the bear is the biggest kid in 7 Oaks, but also very friendly. He loves bugs.

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Jumper Rabbit

Jumper loves to play all types of sports, and he loves sneakers.

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Lily Skunk

Lily loves art and spends most of her time drawing, painting, and making all kinds of things.

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Sammy Squirrel

Sammy likes playing with gadgets and fixing things. He and his sister Sophie live in a tree house.

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Sophie Squirrel

Sophie is Sammy’s twin sister. She loves reading and math. Sometimes she uses big words that she has to explain to all her friends.

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Pokey Porcupine

Pokey’s quills show what kind of mood he’s in. He is really laid-back and loves to play his harmonica.

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Tagalong Allie

Tagalong Allie is a mouse. She likes to tag along with everyone. Allie loves to dress up.

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Ernie the worm

Ernie is very shy but by looking hard enough he might be found on each page.

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7 Habits of Happy Kids Book Collection

This collection expands the popular Happy Kids book by adding seven new stories to the series.

  • Just the Way I Am: Habit 1
  • When I Grow Up: Habit 2
  • A Place for Everything: Habit 3
  • Sammy and the Pecan Pie: Habit 4
  • Lily and the Yucky Cookies: Habit 5
  • Sophie and the Perfect Poem: Habit 6
  • Goob and His Grandpa: Habit 7

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When I saw my two boys settle a disagreement using the habit ‘win-win’ I realized how powerful these habits can be, and that this book is teaching them concepts they will take with them throughout their lives.

The 7 Habits Tree for Kids

The 7 Habits powerfully resonate with students in an accessible, kid-friendly format.

Adults in organizations around the world know and love the 7 Habits. The same proven concepts can be taught to students using language and examples appropriate to their developmental stage. Using the metaphor of a healthy tree, Habits 1–3 focus on developing a strong “personal root system,” building character and becoming more independent. Habits 4–6 teach skills of working well with others, and becoming more interdependent. Habit 7 is about taking care of oneself in order to ensure great leadership can continue into the future.

7 Habits Tree

Habit 1: Be Proactive®

You’re in Charge

I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I do not blame others for my actions. I make good, responsible choices without being asked, even when no one is looking.

Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind®

Have a Plan

I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school’s mission and vision. I look for ways to be a good citizen.

Habit 3: Put First Things First®

Work First, Then Play

I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized.

Habit 4: Think Win-Win®

Everyone Can Win

I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want. I make deposits in others’ Emotional Bank Accounts. When conflicts arise, I look for third alternatives.

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood®

Listen Before You Talk

I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoints. I listen to others without interrupting. I am confident in voicing my ideas. I look people in the eyes when talking.

Habit 6: Synergize®

Together Is Better

I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different than me. I work well in groups. I seek out other people’s ideas to solve problems because I know that by teaming with others we can create better solutions than anyone of us can alone. I am humble.

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw®

Balance Feels Best

I take care of my body by eating right, exercising and getting sleep. I spend time with family and friends. I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school. I find meaningful ways to help others.

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