Books to Teach Kindness

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
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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.



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