Thematic Reading List- Kindness


Children’s book authors and publishers know the impact that a book about kindness can have on a child. We are a fortunate society to have so many books about good acts available to us. It is our job to keep them available and read them to our children. Put them in your classrooms, libraries, and homes. When kindness is a priority, the result is a more compassionate world.






613xwt40qtL._SX395_BO1,204,203,200_ Do nice, be kind, spread happy: acts of kindness for kids
By: Bernadette Russell

In this book are lots of acts of kindness that kids can do to spread a little joy — with a side order of mischief and magic.

0935699236 One Smile
By: Cindy McKinley

When a child smiles at a stranger, she sets off a chain of kindness that eventually comes full circle.

512DFPeF-zL._SX398_BO1,204,203,200_ I Like Your Buttons!
By: Sarah Lamstein

When a little girl compliments her teacher about the buttons on her outfit, it starts a chain reaction of goodwill, good deeds, and thoughtfulness throughout the day.

9780399246524 Each Kindness
By: Jacqueline Woodson

When Ms. Albert teaches a lesson on kindness, Chloe realizes that she and her friends have been wrong in making fun of new student Maya’s shabby clothes and refusing to play with her.

193832613X Bucket Filling from A to Z: the key to being happy
By: Carol McCloud

Yes, bucket filling is the moment by moment choice to be kind and caring. Teaching and encouraging children to be “bucket fillers” is one of the greatest gifts you can give to them. You give them the key to being happy. This book of rhyming verse uses the letters of the alphabet to help young and old see the many, simple ways that they can fill buckets and fill their own buckets in return.

9781589250734 Shine Moon Shine
By: David Conway

When the moon one day falls from the sky and lands on the roof of a skyscraper, it takes a young boy named Owen to sit with the moon and keep it company to help the sad and lonely moon rise again.

9780061990434 Nico & Lola: kindness shared between a boy and a dog
By: Meggan Hill

Young Nico searches for ways to be kind while caring for his Aunt Sue’s dog, Lola.

0763617326 How Kind
By: Mary Murphy

When Hen gives Pig an egg, she sets off a chain of events that brings kindness to all of the animals on the farm.

9781561454334 Albert the Fix-It Man
By: Janet Lord

A cheerful repairman fixes squeaky doors, leaky roofs, and crumbling fences for his neighbors, who return the kindness when he catches a terrible cold.

9781894965972 Jack the Bear
By: Christina Leist

When Brainy Owl tells Nosy Fox that Jack the bear is making the world a better place by sitting under a tree sharing his honey with Grumpy Squirrel, Nosy Fox wonders how it is that a humble bear can make a difference in the world.

9780525478737 Sylvia Jean: Scout Supreme
By: Lisa Campbell Ernst

Sylvia Jean disguises herself in order to assist a neighbor who does not want her enthusiastic help, but she still might be the only one in her Pig Scout Troop who will not earn a Good Deed Badge.

091629126X Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge
By: Mem Fox

A small boy tries to discover the meaning of “memory” so that he can restore that of an elderly friend.

9780316186766 Toot & Puddle: You are my sunshine
By: Holly Hobbie

Puddle cannot make his friend Toot stop moping until a huge thunderstorm clears the air.

0916392090 The Value of Kindness: the story of Elizabeth Fry
By: Spencer Johnson

Discusses the work of the English woman whose pioneering efforts in improving the lot of prisoners were based on the premise that prisoners’ behavior would improve if they were treated more kindly.

9780310712572 Berenstain Bears: Kindness counts
By: Jan and Mike Berenstain

Brother Bear’s act of kindness is repaid when he shares his knowledge of airplane modelmaking with young Billy.

9781681190914 Chloe on the Bright Side (The Kindness Club series)
By: Courtney Sheinmel

Rejected by the cool girls club, fifth-grader Chloe Silver, new in town after her parents’ divorce, forms a different type of club, with offbeat Lucy Tanaka and nerdy Leo Barish, that tests out different acts of kindness on classmates.

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