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7 Children’s Books That Encourage Kindness Toward Others

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1. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein


What is it about?
Many generations know this book tells a heartfelt story of a boy and a tree who really loved each other. The boy started taking parts of the tree until it slowly worn down into a stump. Sadly, the boy is now an old man and chooses to stay under the shade of another tree when he needs a place to sit.

Why is it important?
This book shows kindness and generosity from the character of the tree. It teaches children to be a kind giver but not to the point of giving up everything you have that you suffer from it. It also teaches children that compromising in a good way can create healthy relationships.

2. The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig


What is it about?
This book tells a sweet story of a quiet boy named Brian. Compared to other children in school, he does not talk much or makes a fuss and does not get too much attention from the people around him. He is not the type of child that makes a lot of friends until a new kid came to school and made Brian less invisible.

Why is it important?
All kids are unique in their own way. This book acknowledges differences in embracing others’ personalities while teaching kids to participate activities and be confident enough to play with others.

3. Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson and Fumi Kosaka


What is it about?
This is a story of an average girl named Mary that volunteers to pick some blueberries for her generous neighbor. The neighbor bakes blueberry muffins and shares plates of them to five other people. Mary’s good deed creates a chain of kindness for other strangers. In the end, Mary returns a favor to the neighbor who is nice to them by picking blueberries for her.

Why is it important?
This book shows how important your actions are. Every kind deed to other people will ripple out to affect almost everyone.

4. Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena


What is it about?
This book is a 2016 winner of the Newbery Medal that tells a story of a young boy named CJ, and his grandmother. On their way home one day, CJ spends most of the time on their journey asking, “How come…?” questions about everything and everyone around. Patiently, his grandmother answers all the questions with a lot of wisdom. In the end, they volunteer to a soup kitchen after leaving the bus.

Why is it important?
Apparently, Cj is asking simple questions all throughout the book but his grandmother always has a prompt answer to every question with empathy toward the other characters in the book. It reminds each one of us that everyone has its own story to tell yet we must have the attitude to listen with kindness and be open-hearted in order to hear it.

5. A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead and Erin E. Stead


What is it about?
This book tells about a zookeeper named Amos who gives a lot of his time in nurturing his great animal friends. One sad day, he is too sick that he cannot go to work so the animals decide to visit him instead.

Why is it important?
The things you do to other people will come back to you as well. By the time that Amos needed a friend, the animals take care of him, which teaches children how important it is to be kind towards other people continually.

6. We All Sing With the Same Voice by J. Philip Miller and Sheppard M. Greene


What is it about?
A songbook that connects kids all over the world. The differences between the kids are being highlighted and illustrated in the verses on the pages of the book. The chorus, “We all sing with the same voice. The same song. The same voice. We all sing with the same voice and we sing in harmony.” delivers all the kids with differences together in one song.

Why is it important?
Not just teaching kids a new song at an early stage, it also motivates global awareness and the importance of connection. Everyone is unique and different, and this book will connect everyone while singing together as great friends all across the world.

7. Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson


What is it about?
This book tells about a new girl at school named Maya and Chloe’s reaction when she arrives. This girl named Chloe is not welcoming towards Maya and bars her from the groud friend games. Sadly, Maya leaves the school which Chloe is guilty of it.

Why is it important?
Although it is not a happy ending, it teaches a very important lesson especially to children in grade schools. Every time we decide something, it will result in a positive or negative consequence and sometimes there are no opportunities to fix our negative actions.

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