E Is for Ethics

How to Talk to Kids About Morals, Values, and What Matters Most

E Is for Ethics

Illustrated by: R. A. Holt
Now in paperback, E Is for Ethics—an indispensable parenting tool to help instill a sense of morality and fair play in young children.

At one time, schools in America offered instructions on character development and ethics. Today that’s no longer the case, and many parents often feel at a loss over the seemingly daunting task of teaching their children to be good, moral citizens.

Astonishingly, there has never been a book meant for parents to read with their children with the goal of teaching basic morals—until E Is for Ethics. Corlett’s twenty-six simple, clear, fun and original stories have been carefully crafted for parents to read to their child, aged four to ten. Each insightful story features one of two children, Elliott or his sister Lucy, centering on a different positive ethic, such as tact, empathy, and understanding. At the end of each story there are several questions that will help children and parents discuss the implications of each tale. R. A. Holt’s charming illustrations add to the fun.

Boasting years of children’s television experience, a seasoned knowledge of how children and parents interact, and a knack for lively storytelling, Corlett offers an inventive, whimsical book to help parents navigate important issues of ethics and morality that all kids are sure to enjoy as they learn.


Reading Group Guide

E Is for Ethics

How to Talk to Kids About Morals, Values, and What Matters Most

26 Read Aloud Stories

By Ian James Corlett


A Guide for Parents, Teachers, and Librarians


About the Book


How do children learn moral values? Using the chapters in this book as a tool, children can learn, with their parents, grandparents, teachers, or librarians as guides, to better understand the values and ethics presented. It is easy to assume that children know about morality, but these are learned behaviors, not inherent ones. Without guidance, study, and training in the understanding and use of these values, children will be left with no formal understanding. In this book each of the twenty-six chapters includes a simple story illustrating a particular value. There is also an interactive opportunity for each reader to determine the right action in that situation. There are additional questions with each value, encouraging further thinking and discernment by the reader. There are also quotes with each chapter, highlighting the value discussed.


The unique feature of this book is that it tackles many of the common values that have been part of our cultural morality. In the past these values were everywhere in a child’s life: They were reinforced through family, school, church, social groups, neighbors, and friends. Li see more

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About the Author

Ian James Corlett
Photograph by Rob Daly

Ian James Corlett

  Ian James Corlett is the author of E IS FOR ETHICS and  E IS FOR ENVIRONMENT. He is well known in the world of children's television and has created, written for, and/or developed many popular children's series, such as The Adventures of Paddington Bear, Rolie Polie Olie, Will & Dewitt, and his namesake series, Being Ian. Ian is also a renowned voice actor. He is the voice for literally hundreds of animated characters as diverse as Baby Taz of the Baby Looney Tunes and Dad in Johnny Test. The father of two and husband of one for more than twenty-five years, he currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Palm Springs, California.

R.A. "Riley" Holt is a Canadian illustrator, designer, and artist who lives in Vancouver. Riley is proficient in a wide range of styles and uses many different mediums in his broad spectrum of artwork.