During the holiday season, I try to read lots of kindness books for kids. It’s a great time of year to emphasize this rather than the commercialism of the season.
But these books aren’t just for reading during the holiday season. They can be read all year round.
Here is a list of 7 picture books that teach about kindness and should be added to your library.
Silver Packages by Cynthia Rylant
This story of Silver Packages takes place in the Appalachian mountains during Christmas. It tells about a man that comes by train each year to deliver gifts to the children of the small town. As an adult the little boy goes back to his hometown to pay it forward.
The Potato Chip Champ by Maria Dismondy
In the Potato Chip Champ the main character, Champ, has everything he’s ever wanted. Another boy on his team doesn’t have a lot but still seems to keep a positive attitude. Champ learns what it means to appreciate what he has and that kindness is worth more than material things.
I Walk with Vanessa by Kerascoet
I Walk with Vanessa is a wordless book about how you can be an ally with a simple act of kindness. When a little girl sees someone being treated badly, she takes action. She gathers a community of her friends that rally around the classmate in a beautiful show of support.
Have you filled a bucket today? by Carol McCloud
In this book, we learn that we all walk around with invisible buckets. When we are mean or unkind to someone else, our bucket gets dipped into. When we are kind our bucket is filled with kindness. The more kindness is spread, the more buckets get filled which is important for making our world a happier place to live.
Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
I’ve talked about this book a lot but I’d be remiss if I didn’t include it on this list. In the story Each Kindness, the new girl is judged by her appearance. One of her classmates learns a lesson about how acts of kindness no matter how small can make a ripple effect in someone’s life. She learns a hard lesson when she isn’t able to make amends for not showing kindness.
Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller
The message in Be Kind is simple: an act of kindness, no matter how small or big can make a difference in someone’s life. It’s as simple as not laughing when someone feels embarrassed about spilling juice all over them. It’s a great story to help teach kids what exactly it means to be kind.
Come With Me by Holly M. McGhee
How can people make a difference when we live in this time of uncertainty? It can seem overwhelming for kids to figure out how they can do their part to make this world a better place. Come With Me does a beautiful job in helping kids realize that every little thing they do can make a difference in the world.
What kindness books for kids would you add to this list? Let me know in the comments!