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Books for kids up to age 5
Your children will want to “read” this hardback book over and over again. Hank Finds an Egg is a wordless book with beautiful, hand-crafted images that are so engaging and expressive.
Follow Hank on a journey as he finds an egg and tries to do what he thinks is the right thing to do. Isn’t that what we hope? That our kids will see a need and address it? This is a precious book.
Little Blue Truck board book is a fun book with animals, neat sounds, and friendship.
Help your children learn that friends help each other with this sweet book.
Books for kids age 5-8
Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush’s Incredible Journey introduces the true story of a young girl and her refugee family traveling to a new land. Along the way, she loses her cat.
Read this remarkable story! You will be touched by the kindness of those around the world who worked together to be sure she was reunited with her cat.
Those Shoes gives a child’s perspective on the fad we now have among boys that the most expensive shoes are the coolest.
I know many parents of boys struggle with this issue. This is a sweet story that really can explain it better to my child than my own words could. And, it may get your child to think just a little differently.
Strictly No Elephants has won many awards on teaching the value of kindness and friendship, and it is clear why.
It is a sweet story that tells of excluding one animal because of its size and appearance.
We see qualities of a good friendship. And, how these qualities are more important than things you can see.
In How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids, a young boy learns that through doing good deeds for other he feels better too.
He also learns every moment matters. Good deeds come in all sizes. This a fabulous book to spark kindness in kids. It truly teaches children to look for opportunities to do good.
Horton Hears a Who! has all of these components. But, also a message of kindness and perseverance.
Also, the reminder that everyone counts. After all, “a person’s a person, no matter how small”.
Books for kids age 8-12
There is a reason Wonder has won so many awards, is used in schools, and is now a movie. This story starts with sadness, concern for a student and horror at the way people treat him.
It leads to the wonders of kindness. And, I believe it can spark kindness in kids of all ages.
I cannot recommend this book enough. Read it with your son or daughter. It is a great story and has many good talking points.
Tweens and Teens
Go on a journey to discover what life is like for Melody in Out of My Mind. She cannot walk, talk or write but has other great talents. This book will help kids gain a different perspective on someone with a handicap.
Each Kindness (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) is a book about a young girl named Maya who starts in a new school. Students shun her because she is from a lower-income family and wears second-hand clothes.
This book touches on cliques, materialism, and friendships. It also demonstrates the difference kindness can make to just one person. I love this book!
This book would be good for a group reading or book club.