Children's Books on Kindness
Updated: Jun 14, 2021
Kids need to hear from us that kindness is essential. Children need daily opportunities to practice caring for others, and we need to encourage kids to consider the perspective and struggles of others.
Kindness can be learned like any other skill. Check out these books to help your child develop a lifelong kindness habit:
Jacqueline Woodson ; illustrated by E.B. Lewis.
Newbery Honor-winning author Jacqueline Woodson and Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator E. B. Lewis have created a beautiful, poignant picture book with a powerful message that will stay with readers long after they've put it down.
Eric Pinder ; pictures by Stephanie Graegin.
How to Share with a Bear is a story about how although it's not always easy, sharing with a sibling can make things even more fun!
by Sophy Henn.
A joyful and uplifting picture book about finding happiness in the smallest of things, from picture book star Sophy Henn - World Book Day illustrator and shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize.
by Alexandra Penfold, Suzanne Kaufman.
Follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcomed with open arms. A school where kids in patkas, hijabs, and yamulkes play side-by-side with friends in baseball caps. A school where students grow and learn from each other's traditions and the whole community gathers to celebrate the Lunar New Year.
Words and Paintings by Kadir Nelson.
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.
by Derek Munson ; illustrated by Tara Calahan King.
The perfect book for kids learning how to make friends or deal with conflict Ideal as a read aloud book for families or elementary schools. Created by Derek Munson who has directly shared his children's stories with over 100,000 kids across the globe.
Pat Zietlow Miller ; Illustrated by Jen Hill.
When Tanisha spills grape juice all over her new dress, her classmate contemplates how to make her feel better and what it means to be kind. From asking the new girl to play to standing up for someone being bullied, this moving and thoughtful story explores what a child can do to be kind, and how each act, big or small, can make a difference--or at least help a friend.
Written by Jill Twiss; illustrated by EG Keller.
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?
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. . . .
Taking on a difficult but important part of children's lives, Anna Dewdney gives readers a way to experience and discuss bullying in a safe and comforting way.
Written by Philip C. Stead ; illustrated by Erin E. Stead
Amos McGee, a friendly zookeeper, always made time to visit his good friends: the elephant, the tortoise, the penguin, the rhinoceros, and the owl. But one day—"Ah-choo!"—he woke up with the sniffles and the sneezes. Though he didn't make it into the zoo that day, he did receive some unexpected guests.