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Picture Books about Kindness

Updated: Oct 15, 2022



Encourage your child to be Compassionate and accepting with these hand-selected titles.


The discussion around compassion and empathy is an ongoing one because these are traits we continue to learn how to nurture throughout our lives. As a result, We can never read enough books on kindness to our children. Hopefully, this selection will help you build a strong foundation of values too.


Enemy Pie

by Derek Munson

Teach kindness, courtesy, respect, and friendship: It was the perfect summer. That is, until Jeremy Ross moved into the house down the street and became neighborhood enemy number one. Luckily Dad had a surefire way to get rid of enemies: Enemy Pie. But part of the secret recipe is spending an entire day playing with the enemy! In this funny yet endearing story one little boy learns an effective recipe for turning a best enemy into a best friend. Accompanied by charming illustrations, Enemy Pie serves up a sweet lesson in the difficulties and ultimate rewards of making new friends.


A Sick Day for Amos McGee

by Philip C. Stead

Friends come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In Amos McGee's case, all sorts of species, too! Every day he spends a little bit of time with each of his friends at the zoo, running races with the tortoise, keeping the shy penguin company, and even reading bedtime stories to the owl. But when Amos is too sick to make it to the zoo, his animal friends decide it's time they returned the favor.


Llama Llama and the Bully Goat

by Anna Dewdney

Llama Llama is learning lots of new things at school and making many friends. But when Gilroy Goat starts teasing him and some of their classmates, Llama Llama isn't sure what to do. And then he remembers what his teacher told him—walk away and tell someone. It works! But then Llama Llama feels badly. Can he and Gilroy try to be friends again?




If You Plant a Seed

by Kadir Nelson

If you plant a carrot seed . . . a carrot will grow.

If you plant a cabbage seed . . . cabbage will grow.

But what happens if you plant a seed of kindness . . . or selfishness?

With spare text and breathtaking oil paintings, If You Plant a Seed demonstrates not only the process of planting and growing for young children but also how a seed of kindness can bear sweet fruit.


The Someone New

by Jill Twiss

Jitterbug the chipmunk likes it when things stay the same. So when one day Pudding the snail comes into her woods, Jitterbug worries that everything will be different. What if Pudding spoils everything? What if there’s no more room for Jitterbug?

With the help of her friends, can Jitterbug welcome the newcomer and learn that kindness is stronger than fear?



Do Unto Otters:

A Book About Manners

by Laurie Keller

Mr. Rabbit's new neighbors are Otters.

OTTERS!

But he doesn't know anything about otters. Will they get along? Will they be friends?

Just treat otters the same way you'd like them to treat you, advises Mr. Owl.


In her smart, playful style Laurie Keller highlights how to be a good friend and neighbor―simply follow the Golden Rule! This title has Common Core connections.






Each Kindness

by Jacqueline Woodson

Chloe and friends won't play with the new girl, Maya. Every time Maya tries to join Chloe and her friends, they reject her. Eventually Maya stops coming to school. When Chloe's teacher gives a lesson about how acts of kindness can change the world, Chloe is stung by the lost opportunity for friendship, and thinks about how much better it could have been if she'd shown a little kindness toward May



Pass It On

by Sophy Henn


With a refrain that begs to be uttered before every turn of the page, children will eagerly read alongside their parents as they discover how wonderful--and fun!--it is to share the good things in life. After all, if you spread happiness to others, even on a gray, rainy day, when you least expect it, like a bolt out of the blue, a smile or a chuckle might be passed right back to you! This heartwarming, upbeat book is the perfect way to bring a warm ray of sunshine into every reader's life.



Rude Cakes

by Rowboat Watkins

Who knew that cakes were so rude?! In this deliciously entertaining book, a not-so-sweet cake—who never says please or thank you or listens to its parents—gets its just desserts. Mixing hilarious text and pictures, Rowboat Watkins, a former Sendak fellow, has cooked up a laugh-out- loud story that can also be served up as a delectable discussion starter about manners or bullying, as it sweetly reminds us all that even the rudest cake can learn to change its ways.


We Don't Eat Our Classmates

by Ryan T. Higgins

It's the first day of school for Penelope Rex, and she can't wait to meet her classmates. But it's hard to make human friends when they're so darn delicious! That is, until Penelope gets a taste of her own medicine and finds she may not be at the top of the food chain after all. . . .



How full is your bucket? : for kids

By: Rath, Tom Using the metaphor of a bucket, Felix's grandfather explains how being kind is the most fulfilling way to go about one's life and encourages him not to be dissuaded by those who choose a different path in this inspiring tale about how one person's actions can impact those of others.



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