Today, November 13, 2018, is World Kindness Day! As Jamie C. Martin wrote in Give Your Child the World, “Books help your family grasp on a new level that what we have in common with our worldwide neighbors far outweighs what separates us… It naturally develops compassion… because we all have similar needs, hopes, and desires. Great stories build an empathic foundation that leads to a life of service and concern for others” (p. 26).
We sat ourselves down (in costume, of course…) with some of our favorite stories that build kindness, compassion, empathy, and inclusion. Below are Amazon affiliate* links to some of my favorites– I’ll do my best to update this frequently, as I often find more kindness-building books I love!
Be Kind by Pat Zeitlow Miller
Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev
Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse by Marcy Campbell
One by Kathryn Otoshi
Can I Play Too? by Mo Willems
To the Sea by Cale Atkinson
We’re All Wonders by R. J. Palacio
Because Amelia Smiled by David Ezra Stein
Heartprints by P. K. Hallinan
What Does It Mean to Be Kind? by Rana DiOrio
Neville by Norton Juster
Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud
A Home for Bird by Philip C. Stead
Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Pena
The Sandwich Swap by Queen Rana Al Abdullah and Kelly DiPucchio
Good People Everywhere illustrated by Kristina Swarner
The Adventures of Beetle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat
City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems
The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
Horton Hears a Who! by Dr. Seuss
The Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neill
What are your favorite stories to read with young ones to strengthen these emotional understandings and create a kinder world?
*When you purchase books via my Amazon affiliate links, your price stays the same but I receive a *tiny* amount of money in return… And can therefore buy more books to share with you!