IF YOU HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN BEING KIND AND BEING RIGHT...
Choose being kind...and you'll always be right!
The Invisible Boy
by Trudy Ludwig (2013,
Brian has always felt invisible at school, but when a new student, Justin, arrives, everything changes. From esteemed author and speaker Ludwig and acclaimed illustrator Barton, this gentle story shows how small acts of kindness can help children feel included and allow them to flourish. Color. Grades K-5. [8” x 10”...32 pages]
The Potato Chip Champ: Discovering Why Kindness Counts
by Maria Dismondy (2012,
Making Spirits Bright, 10.95)
Champ and Walter Norbert Whipplemoore are about as different as two kids can be...well, except for their love of baseball and potato chips. Champ had everything, but always wanted more. Walter had very little, but was never seen without a smile on his face. In the end, it is Walter and some crunchy potato chips that teach Champ a lesson about character that can't be taught in school. Color. Grades PreK-3. [8” x 11”...32 pages]
Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns About the Power of Giving: A Christmas Story
by Howard Binkow (2011,
Thunderbolt Publishing, 15.00/hardback)
Howard liked owning but not sharing. At Christmas time, he learned the joy of giving and to value real things instead of stuff. Tips/lessons included. Color. Grades K-3. [10.5” x 7.5”...32 pages]
The Boy Who Grew Flowers
by Jen Wojtowicz (2012,
Barefoot Books, 7.99)
Rink is a very unusual boy who grows beautiful flowers all over his body whenever the moon is full. Rink and his family are treated as outcasts even though no one knows his strange botanical secret. But one day a new girl arrives at school, and Rink discovers she has some unique qualities of her own. Color. Grades K-3. [8.5” x 10.5”...32 pages]
How Full Is Your Bucket? for Kids
by Tom Rath & Mary Reckmeyer (2009, Gallup Press, 17.95/hardback)
Through the story of a little boy named Felix, this charming book explains to children how being kind not only helps others, it helps them, too. Grades PreK-3. [10” x 10.5”...32 pages]
Understand and Care
by Cheri Meiners (2003, Free Spirit, 10.95)
Empathy—a sincere, personal understanding of how another
person feels—is essential to healthy relationships. This
book builds empathy in children. In child-friendly words and
supporting illustrations, it helps them to understand that other
people have feelings like theirs—and different from theirs.
It guides them to show they care by listening to others and respecting
their feelings. Color. Grades PreK-3. [9” x
Kindness to Share from A to Z
by Todd & Peggy Snow (2008, Maren Green Pub, 9.99)
This book is an alphabet of possibilities to explore—26 fun and simple ways to share kindness, from “Ask someone who is alone to join in and play.” to “Zip a younger child's jacket.” Other ideas: “Do something nice for another person just because.” “Help clean up after dinner.” “Read a story to a younger child.” Simple words and engaging illustrations invite children to show kindness in their daily lives. Because this book is meant to be read aloud, it encourages discussion of even more ways to be kind. Grades PreK-4 [8" x 8"...32 pages]
Tails Are Not for Pulling
by Liz Verdick (2005, Free Spirit, 11.95)
Pets may not have words, but they can communicate. This book invites children to pay attention to the cues animals give with their barks, growls, purrs, and swishing tails. Children learn that teasing isn't nice, that they can choose to be kind to animals, and that if you want to touch someone's pet, there's one important rule you should know: Ask the owner first! Throughout, children learn how to love pets gently—because pets are for loving, after all. Grades PreK-3. [9" x
Heartprints: The Impression Left Behind by a Deliberate Act of Kindness
by P.K. Hallinan (1999, Ideals Publications, 5.95)
Great illustrations and rhyming text show children how they
can brighten the world with acts of kindness and caring. A wonderful
book to read to any group (even adults). It concludes: “And
it’s joyful to know in all that we do, the heartprints
we give out make us happy too!” Color. Grades K-5. [8.5” x
by Cindy McKinley (2003, Illumination Arts, 15.95/hardback)
Young Katie sees a sad-looking man who has lost his job and
smiles at him. That smile touches his heart, igniting a circle
of warmth and selfless giving which flows from person to person,
uplifting all whose path it crosses. Color. Grades 1-3. [8.5” x
It Couldn't Be Worse!
by Vlasta van Kampen (2003, Annick Press, 6.95)
The tiny house had just one room for the farmer, his wife,
their six children, and the grandparents. They quarreled and
fought and got in each other's way. An adaptation of a folk tale
about a wise fishmonger who convinces a family that their lives
are better than they think. Color. Grades K-3. [8.5” x
Small Acts of Kindness
by James Vollbracht
(1995, Paulist Press, 5.95)
One morning, a little boy gives his mother a big hug—for
no reason at all. And so goes a domino effect of various acts
of kindness throughout that day. This story demonstrates how
even small acts of kindness, can lead to great acts of love.
is a slightly religious overtone to this terrific book.) Grades
K-4. [7” x
Reach Out and Give
by Cheri Meiners (2006, Free Spirit, 10.95)
Even very young children can help to make the world a better place. This book begins with the concept of gratitude, because feeling grateful is a powerful motivator. Words and pictures show children contributing to their community in simple yet meaningful ways. Includes discussion questions, a philanthropy role play, generosity games, and ideas for service projects. Color. Grades PreK-3. [9” x
Because Brian Hugged His Mother
by David Rice (1999, Dawn Publications, 8.95)
When Brian hugs and kisses his mother one morning, the act starts
a chain reaction of kindness and consideration that spreads to
school and throughout the town...and eventually comes back to
him. Color. Grades K-6. [9” x 11”...32 pages]
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