“Treat others as you would want to be treated.” The #1 Golden Rule to live by. But, for our children, sometimes being kind can be harder to do than expected. Within minutes, using someone’s favorite crayon when they wanted it can cause feelings to get hurt in a flash. The wonderful thing about children is that they are sponges ready to absorb information at all times. When being kind is a little harder at times, sharing books with them that relate to kindness and acceptance is always a win-win situation. Below is our list of favorite books that teach kindness.
1. The Invisible Boy
by Trudy Ludwig
The theme of this book is to accept others regardless of their differences.
2. Enemy Pie
by Derek Munson
This book enlightens readers that we must not form opinions about others before getting to know them.
3. Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners
by Laurie Keller
A playful book that uses the golden rule to show how to be a good friend and neighbor.
4. Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids
By Carol McCloud
This book encourages positive behavior by demonstrating how easy it is to perform random acts of kindness in order to uplift others.
5. The Giving Tree
by Shel Silverstein
A classic book that teaches about the power of unconditional love and how rewarding it can be to give to others.
6. The Last Stop On Market Street
by Matt De La Pena
An award-winning picture book that teaches the importance of community and finding appreciation in unexpected places.
7. A Sick Day for Amos McGee
by Philip C. Stead and Erin E. Stead
This heart-warming book is centered on helping friends during hardships and times of need.
8. Horton Hears a Who!
by Dr. Suess
Another classic book that emphasizes acceptance while also providing a memorable phrase: “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”