7 Children’s Books to Teach Kindness

Children's Books to Teach Kindness

A few weeks ago we had our kids’ parent/teacher conferences to discuss how they are doing in school. At the end of the conference the teacher asked, “Are there any other questions you have?”

“Yes,” I said. “Are they kind to others?”

It’s a question I ask every time.

Don’t get me wrong. Academics are important, but as a parent who strives to raise good humans, doing well in school also means being kind to EVERYONE.

Children’s books are a great way to teach kindness and empathy to kids. They can relate the story to their own lives and hopefully choose kindness when the time comes.

Below are our top children’s books to teach kindness…though there are many not listed that are also great!

7 Children’s Books to Teach Kindness

How Full is Your Bucket? For Kids by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer

How Full is Your Bucket

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We were gifted this timeless book many years ago and it’s still a family favorite. Each of us has an invisible bucket. Our buckets fill up when we do good and they become empty when we don’t. The story teaches an important lesson on how having a full bucket can impact those around you.

Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller

Be Kind

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When a little girl spills grape juice on her dress at school, her classmate shows her how kindness, no matter how big or small the act, can make a difference.

The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig

The Invisible Boy

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Nobody ever seems to notice Brian, the quiet kid in class. That is, until, a new kid joins the class. This is a story of how small acts of kindness can make kids feel included and celebrate their differences.

Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson

Ordinary Mary

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Mary picks blueberries for her neighbor who in turn bakes blueberry muffins and gives them to five different people. This starts a chain reaction of strangers doing things for other strangers. It’s the perfect book to show kids how random acts of kindness can have a ripple effect.

I Walk with Vanessa by Kerascoët

I Walk with Vanessa

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This wordless picture book shows how someone can be kind without having to say a word. Inspired by real events, this powerful book tells the story of a girl who sees a classmate treated badly and inspires a community to stand up to bullying.

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena

Last Stop on Market Street

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Winner of several awards, this story follows a young boy, CJ, and his grandmother on their way home one day. CJ asks many questions and his grandmother’s answers encourage empathy towards the other characters. The book shows children that each of us has a story but we must be kind and open-minded to hear it.

All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold

All Are Welcome

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An important book that celebrates diversity and inclusivity, kids learn that everyone is welcome and safe at their school. As the students learn about their classmates’ different traditions, they grow and learn from each other and celebrate one another’s differences.

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