It’s not just doomed fairy tale children whose parents and not-so-evil stepmothers make them do chores; human children must learn this life skill too. Here’s a list of children’s books that teach children the important message that everyone must help out around the house:

  • A Wonderful Week by Marjolein Varekamp
  • Busy, Busy Town by author/illustrator Richard Scarry
  • Federica by author/illustrator Ritchie Scot
  • Five Little Monkeys with Nothing To Do by Eileen Christelow
  • How Do Dinosaurs Clean their Room? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
  • In a Minute! by Virginia Miller
  • Laundry Day by author/illustrator Jessixa Bagley
  • Messy by Roger Hargreaves
  • Ready for bed: A tale of cleaning up, tucking in, and hardly any complaining written by Stacey R. Kaye and illustrated by Elizabeth O. Dulema
  • The Berenstein Bears and The Messy Room by Jan and Stan Berenstein
  • The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse by Beatrix Potter
  • Wash Day written by Charnan Simon and photographs by Dorothy Handelman