Kids’ Books that Inspire Kindness

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Kids’ Books that Inspire Kindness

We have been focusing on adding more kindness in our homeschool. Small, simple acts of kindness can have an immense impact on the world. As one good deed truly inspires the next. Adding a few kids’ books that inspire kindness is a great way to motivate your children and family to help others every day. This post is filled with picture books that will inspire kindness in your home. Please, take a moment to pin this post to your homeschool reading board.

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Kindness Picture Books for Kids

Be Kind

By the door there is an umbrella. It is big. It is so big that when it starts to rain there is room for everyone underneath. It doesn’t matter if you are tall. Or plaid. Or hairy. It doesn’t matter how many legs you have.

Don’t worry that there won’t be enough room under the umbrella because there will always be room.

The Big Umbrella

By the door there is an umbrella. It is big. It is so big that when it starts to rain there is room for everyone underneath. It doesn’t matter if you are tall. Or plaid. Or hairy. It doesn’t matter how many legs you have.

Don’t worry that there won’t be enough room under the umbrella because there will always be room.

Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners 

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.

What Does It Mean to Be Kind?

A girl in a red hat finds the courage to be kind to the new student in class. Her kindness spreads, kind act by kind act until her whole community experiences the magical shift that happens when everyone understands―and acts on―what it means to be kind.

The Gift of Nothing

Mooch the cat desperately wants to find a gift for his friend – Earl the dog. He wonders what he can buy the dog who has everything and decides that the answer, of course, is nothing. This simple story features characters from the Mutts comic strips and is the first book for children.

Each Kindness 

Chloe and her 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 even small 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 Maya.

The Gift Inside the Box

Give the gift of this clever, earnest book about generosity–a new and nourishing fable for every child’s library (and one that includes a delightfully innovative cover approach that requires the reader to unfasten the Velcroed cover for a fun unboxing effect!). It’s a gift that keeps on giving.

I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness

This simple yet powerful picture book–from a New York Times bestselling husband-and-wife team–tells the story of one girl who inspires a community to stand up to bullying. Inspired by real events,  I Walk with Vanessa explores the feelings of helplessness and anger that arise in the wake of seeing a classmate mistreated and showed how a single act of kindness could lead to an entire community joining in to help. By choosing only pictures to tell their story, the creators underscore the idea that someone can be an ally without saying a word. With themes of acceptance, kindness, and strength in numbers, this timeless and profound feel-good story will resonate with readers young and old.

Buddha at Bedtime: Tales of Love and Wisdom for You to Read With Your Child to Enchant, Enlighten and Inspire

Many of today’s children face challenges and obstacles far beyond what their parents ever imagined. These 20 thoroughly modern retellings of ancient Buddhist tales give parents a fun, low-pressure way to impart wisdom and moral guidance without preaching. Each story highlights a moral or ethical dilemma that echoes those that children face in their own lives, providing insight and enlightenment that they can use to defuse trying situations. After each story, applicable Buddhist principles are discussed. Featuring engaging characters, enthralling adventures, and modern language that speaks to today’s kids, these beautifully illustrated stories can help children relieve stress, attain greater academic and social achievement, and enjoy a more positive outlook on life.

We’re All Wonders

With a spare, powerful text and striking, richly imagined illustrations. Palacio shows readers what it’s like to live in Auggie’s world—a world in which he feels like any other kid but is not always seen that way.
 
We’re All Wonders may be Auggie’s story, but it taps into every child’s longing to belong and to be seen for who they truly are. It’s the perfect way for families and educators to talk about empathy and kindness with young children.

Tomorrow I’ll Be Kind

Immerse yourself in the beautifully hand-lettered words of wisdom, hope, and positivity alongside adorable illustrations of love and caring. This book is a reminder to all readers, young and old, that the smallest kind gesture can make the biggest difference in the world–we have to remember to be kind to one another.

I Am Human: A Book of Empathy

Being human means we are full of possibility. We learn, we dream, we wonder at the world around us. But we also make mistakes and can feel fearful or sad.
 
From the bestselling team that created I Am YogaI Am PeaceI Am Love, and I Am One comes a hopeful celebration of the human family. I Am Human affirms that we can make good choices by acting with compassion and having empathy for others and ourselves. When we find common ground, we can feel connected to the great world around us and mindfully strive to be our best selves.

Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed

Can one child’s good deed change the world? It can when she’s Ordinary Mary―an ordinary girl from an ordinary school, on her way to her ordinary house―who stumbles upon ordinary blueberries. When she decides to pick them for her neighbor, Mrs. Bishop, she starts a chain reaction that multiplies around the world.

Boo Who?

Boo is new. And even if the other kids are welcoming, it can be scary being new, especially for a shy ghost who can’t play any of their games. (“You tagged me? Oh, sorry. I couldn’t feel it.”) Can Boo find a way to fit in and make friends with the rest of the group? From the creator of Rex Wrecks It! comes a funny story about feeling invisible — and finding a way to be seen and appreciated for who you are.

The Day You Begin

There are many reasons to feel different. Maybe it’s how you look or talk, or where you’re from; maybe it’s what you eat, or something just as random. It’s not easy to take those first steps into a place where nobody really knows you yet, but somehow you do it.

A Hat for Mrs. Goldman: A Story About Knitting and Love

Mrs. Goldman always knits hats for everyone in the neighborhood, and Sophia, who thinks knitting is too hard, helps by making the pom-poms. But now winter is here, and Mrs. Goldman herself doesn’t have a hat. She’s too busy making hats for everyone else! It’s up to Sophia to buckle down and knit a hat for Mrs. Goldman. But try as Sophia might, the hat turns out lumpy, the stitches aren’t even, and there are holes where there shouldn’t be holes. Sophia is devastated until she gets an idea that will make Mrs. Goldman’s hat the most wonderful of all. Readers both young and old will relate to Sophia’s frustrations, as well as her delight in making something special for someone she loves.

Dona Flor: A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart

Doña Flor is a giant lady who lives in a tiny village in the American Southwest. Popular with her neighbors, she lets the children use her flowers as trumpets and her leftover tortillas as rafts. Flor loves to read, too, and she can often be found reading aloud to the children.

One day, all the villagers hear a terrifying noise: it sounds like a huge animal bellowing just outside their village. Everyone is afraid, but not Flor. She wants to protect her beloved neighbors, so with the help of her animal friends, she sets off for the highest mesa to find the creature. Soon enough, though, the joke is on Flor and her friends, who come to rescue her, as she discovers the small secret behind that great big noise.

What If I Want To Be Kind?

It gives straightforward examples of what you can do to be kind to your sibling, parent, the planet, and community. This is a message I think every child needs to hear. Be Kind!

Forgotten Fairy Tales of Kindness and Courage

Once known, now largely forgotten, these timely and empowering fairy tales of kindness and courage have been brought together to inspire a new generation of readers.

Kids’ Books Inspire Kindness and Inspire Conversation

Reading inspires action as well as deep, meaningful conversations. Talk to your children about the issue.

  • Have you ever thought about doing something kind for a stranger?
  • Did you do it or were you too nervous or shy?
  • How could you overcome your shyness in the future?
  • What are some safe and simple ways to share kindness with a stranger?
  • What are some ways you showed kindness recently?
  • How did it make you feel?
  • What acts of kindness have others shared with your recently?
  • How did it make you feel?
  • How would we know if someone was having a bad day and may need a little extra kindness?

For even more Kid’s Books that Inspire Kindness, check out our Amazon Storefront, which is filled with books about kindness.

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