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Question #77788 posted on 06/02/2014 1:36 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Can you name some children's books that aren't obviously trying to teach a moral or a lesson?

-The Inquisitor

A:

Dear friend,

Can I? Can I? Oh, my friend, you do not know who you're dealing with here. Check this out:

  • Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Mo Willems
  • The Z was Zapped, Chris Van Allsburg
  • Q is for Duck: An Alphabet Guessing Game, Mary Felting, Michael Folsom, and Jack Kent
  • Aliens Love Underpants and Dinosaurs Love Underpants, Claire Freedman
  • Cow Can't Sleep, Ken Baker
  • Pat the Bunny, Dorothy Kundhart
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
  • Almost anything by Roald Dahl
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault
  • Fancy Nancy, Jane O'Connor
  • Amelia Bedelia, Peggy Parish
  • Caps for Sale, Esphyr Slobodkina
  • Goodnight Moon, Pat Hancock and Margaret Wise Brown
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon, Crockett Johnson
  • Hop on Pop, Dr. Seuss' ABC, and One Fish, Two Fish, Dr. Seuss
  • If the Dinosaurs Came Back, Bernard Most
  • Animalia, Graeme Base
  • Alphabet City, Stephen T. Johnson
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, Eric Carle and Bill Martin, Jr. 
  • I Want My Hat Back, Jon Klassen
  • Going on a Bear Hunt, Michael Rosen
  • In the Night Kitchen, Maurice Sendak
  • The Snowy Day, Ezra Jack Keats
  • Gallop, Rufus Butler Seder
  • The Napping House, Audrey and Don Wood
  • Tuesday and Flotsam, David Wiesner
And just about every alphabet book, counting book, and wordless picture book out there. I could probably keep going, but this will go over hours if I do.
 
Peace,
 
-Stego Lily
A:

Dear Melody Pond,

Press Here. I love this book to death, and it will be the first one I buy for my future children (I hope).

-Tally M.

A:

Dear Basil,

Pretty much any board book for babies. 

I recently read When Dinosaurs Came with Everything, which was cute and moral-less, and Heather the Highland Cow, which doesn't have a moral unless you consider "highland cows are so freaking adorable" to be a moral.

I'm also a fan of stories with different morals.

-Marguerite St. Just

A:

Dear Inquisitor,

Dragons Love Tacos immediately came to mind. Also Moo, Baa, La La La! and Press Here, which I thought of before I saw Tally M.'s answer.

I read a lot of children's books as of late.

--Maven

A:

Dear Iron Inquisitor,

The One That Got Away is the best children's book ever. And also there's no moral, unless you count clever puns.

Hobo