Recommended Uplifting, Positive Books

By Thomas Gail Haws

Only books I have personally found to be particularly useful, or especially memorable, are listed below. Feel free to make additional recommendations here.

Children's Fiction (picture books)
Children's Fiction (early chapter books)
Children's Fiction (adolescent chapter books)
Frugality, Hard Work, and Financial Peace/Freedom
Personal Growth

Children's Fiction (picture books)

Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

The Berenstain Bears books by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Suess

The Marvelous Mud Washing Machine by Patty Wolcott

Children's Fiction (early chapter books)

The Berenstain Bears chapter books by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Betsy-Tacy books by Maude Lovelace Hart

The Boxcar Children books by Gertrude Warner

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books by Betty MacDonald

Children's Fiction (adolescent chapter books)

Any suggestions?

Personal Growth

The Kingdom of God is Within You by Leo Tolstoy

Examines how the pure and simple doctrine of Jesus, resist not evil, has been ignored and perverted in Christianity through the centuries.

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

Validates the durable truths. Confronts head on the philosophical roadblocks of ineffective people including Fatalism, Pessimism, Wastefulness, Greed, Arrogance, and Fear with the timeless values of Agency, Vision, Priorities, Abundance, Understanding, and Love.

Clutter's Last Stand

Gives you the courage and excitement necessary to chuck the junk and simplify your life.


The Book of Mormon

This book converted me to Christ. "Marvel not that all mankind, yea, men and women, all nations, kindreds, tongues and people, must be born again; yea, born of God, changed from their carnal and fallen state, to a state of righteousness, being redeemed of God, becoming his sons and daughters; And thus they become new creatures; and unless they do this, they can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God" (Mosiah 27:25-6).

The Gospels of Jesus Christ

Scarcely was there a more scandalously radical tract printed than the four gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. It can only be for years of familiarity and reinterpretation that they escape suppression. But their morality is true, and their message is correct.

Investigating the Book of Mormon Witnesses by Richard Lloyd Anderson (1981)

Core Mormonism for the intellect. A concise report of original research into journals, newspapers, and court records that chronicle the lives, beliefs, character, and statements of all who saw, lifted, or thumbed through the Book of Mormon source plates.