Whenever I want to teach a valuable lesson to my children (or my students) I usually find a book that they can relate to. When I was having a huge problem with my son tattling, A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue to the rescue. When we were talking about being scared to start kindergarten, Owen saved the day. As we wrap up our month of kindness, I thought I would share a few books to inspire kindness with children.
1. Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids by Carol McCloud
If you have never read this book, it is one of my absolute favorites. I start the school year with it every year because I feel like it just easily expresses kindness to children in a way that makes perfect sense.
2. The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig
The Invisible Boy is a great book to talk about feelings and emotions and lends itself to great discussions of kindness. It tells the story of a little boy named Brian who felt invisible until someone noticed him. The illustrations are also so good.
3. Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
Each Kindness is the story of how even small acts of kindness can make a difference in the world. It teaches children that every action, like a stone tossed in a pond, can have lasting ripples.
4. Enemy Pie by Derek Munson
Enemy Pie is a great story for teaching about friendship, and finding friendship in people you wouldn’t necessarily think you have much in common with.
5. Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
I am a huge Kevin Henkes fan. His books are just the cutest and they all have a special lesson. Chrysanthemum teaches kindness, acceptance, and a little bit of self-love.