Children’s Books that Teach Kindness

Hello fellow readers! Today I am sharing my top ten favorite books for talking about kindness with children. Several of these books directly discuss kindness while others reach into inclusion and acceptance as well. If you want to see more books that discuss kindness visit my book shop link below for a larger list. Happy reading!

Finding Kindness by Deborah Underwood

This book is perfect for all ages. It introduces a variety of acts of kindness that could be implemented at any age. The text is simple leaving room for interpretation from the pictures and life experiences. This really opened my eyes on how simple acts of kindness can be.

Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller

Tanisha spills grape juice on her sweater at lunch and everyone laughs. This book follows as a boy tries to figure out what it means to be kind. He realizes that sometimes kindness is more than words, but that it can start small and turn into something big.

The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig

This book can be used for SO much! Brian is an introverted child who is often overlooked by his peers and teachers. The pictures in this book are incredibly powerful. He is shown without color making him literally look invisible. A new student joins the class and begins to showcase Brian in a different way. You get to physically see Brian come to life in the story. Such a beautiful showcase of how a small act of kindness can change someone’s world.

Come With Me by Holly M. McGhee

This book was shared with me by a fellow Reading Coach and I have loved it ever since! The book begins by showcasing a young girl watching all the violence on TV. She wonders what she can do to make the world a better place. You get to be part of her journey of discovering how to make a positive impact in small ways. This book sends such a positive message to children through the words as well as the illustrations.

The Kindness Book by Todd Parr

If you haven’t read Todd Parr PLEASE rush to the library and check out every single one of his books. This is his newest book and as always it’s amazing! His bright, simple pictures engage all readers. The book is full of ideas of ways to be kind. From helping things grow to holding open a door this book covers it all!

What Is Given from the Heart by Patricia C. McKissack

James Otis and his mother have fallen upon hard times, but still want to give to a family in need. James struggles to find something to give away because he has so little. His mother reminds him that when you give from the heart it is felt by others. This book demonstrates the importance of giving from the heart.

Tomorrow I’ll Be Kind by Jessica Hische

This sweet story goes through all the feelings we strive to embrace everyday. Each page showcases a different feeling and a way to put it into practice. This is the perfect nighttime story or even read aloud for school.

Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev

This story has quickly become one of my new favorites. A boy and his pet elephant are excited for Pet Club Day! They arrive to the designated house to find a sign that reads “Strictly No Elephants.” They are devastated, but they refuse to let it stop them. This is a beautiful story about inclusion and acceptance.

A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead

Amos McGee spends his days taking care of his animal friends at the zoo. From running races with turtles to reading bedtime stories to owl, he does it all. When Amos wakes up too sick to go to work, the animals swoop in to take care of him.

One by Kathryn Otoshi

This book is so well written. The characters are colors and red is a hot head. He makes the other colors feel bad. No one is brave enough to stand up to him. One comes along and changes everything. He stands up to red and defends his new friends. A great story about using your voice to make change.

Published by RoushReads

Katie Roush is the name and book-loving is my game.

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