Books About Kindness

Here are links to some of my favorite books for Kids

This story is about an average girl who decides to pick some blueberries for her neighbor. The neighbor bakes blueberry muffins and gives plates of them to five other people. This good deed turns into a chain of strangers doing kind things for other strangers.

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

This sweet book tells the story of Brian, a quiet boy who never makes a fuss or much noise at all. He feels invisible compared to the other children who are the center of the teacher’s attention by being loud, or the children with lots of friends who get picked first for sports.

The Invisible Boy
by Trudy Ludwig


This book is about a boy named Nikolai who wants to be a good person, but is not always sure how. His three animal friends help him answer these questions, but they all have slightly different approaches. He eventually learns that the right time is now, the important one is the one you are with, and the right thing to do is good.

The Three Questions
by Jon J Muth

This book is about a cake, who is, very rude. He never says please or thank you, never listens, and doesn’t share well. One day a giant cyclops takes the rude cake and wears him as a hat. The cyclops has great manners, but the cake hates being a hat.

Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins

CJ spends most of the journey asking “How come…?” questions about everyone and everything. His grandmother answers each question with patience and eventually they leave the bus to volunteer at a soup kitchen.

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena

In this book, we see a young boy dreaming about getting a pair of really cool shoes. Unfortunately, his family does not have the money for this dream to become a reality.

Those Shoes
by Maribeth Boelts


This book is about an elephant who discovers an entire community living on a speck of dust. With his big ears, Horton is the only animal in the jungle who is able to hear the Whos

Horton Hears a Who
by Dr. Seuss

This is about a boy who is having a great summer until Jeremy Ross moves in down the street. Jeremy excludes people from birthday parties and laughs when they strike out in baseball. The narrator’s father makes enemy pie to help defeat Jeremy Ross.

Enemy Pie
by Derek Munson

The chorus brings all of these kids with many differences together, singing “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.”

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

This book introduces an idea that everyone has an “invisible bucket.” These buckets are used to hold your good thoughts and feelings about yourself. When you do something kind, you help fill someone else’s bucket.

Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids
by Carol McCloud


This story is about a zookeeper who is great friends with all of the animals and takes the time out of his day to do what they like with them. One day, he is too sick to go to work and the animals decide to come and visit him.

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

This story is about a new girl at school, named Maya and how Chloe, who has gone to the school for a while, reacts when she arrives. Chloe is not welcoming towards Maya and excludes her from the group games. Maya leaves and Chloe is left feeling full of regret.

Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson

The book aims to help, encourage, teach, and develop a powerful positive mindset for kids and adults. The main character, Birdy, believes in love, kindness, and staying positive!

The Birdy Book Series: Life Lessons and Positive Affirmations for Kids and Their Adults!
by Stephanie Van De Ven

The book is about a group of friends who experience what it means to be present at school, home, and the beach. It teaches children how to notice when someone needs help, to wait patiently for their turn, and focus on what’s happening now.

What Does It Mean to Be Present?
by Rana DiOro


Nikolai searches for the answers to his three questions. The book is about compassion and being engaged in each moment.

The Three Questions [Based on a story by Leo Tolstoy]
by Joh J. Muth

The book shows young children how to be kind through simple ways and small acts of kindness.

What Does It Mean to Be Kind?
by: Rana DiOrio

A tale of a young boy and a cow, who is his breakfast guest. It has humorous lessons.

The Cow in Patrick O’Shanahan’s Kitchen
by Diana Prichard

The book shows that size is more than a matter of height. It teaches both children and adults about the importance of values over valuables.

by Coleen Murtagh Paratore

The story is told from the point of view of a child with Asperger Syndrome. It highlights the triumphs of his experiences in a day at school.

Spaghetti Is Not a Finger Food: (and other life lessons)
by Jodi Carmichael

A book of children singing and dancing about their traditions from all over the world. It encourages children to open their minds to new possibilities and celebrate diversity in people.

What Does It Mean to Be Global?
by Rana DiOrio

Sammy’s Next Move is a wonderful story about a snail named Sammy who lives around the world with his parents. He is a ‘third culture kid’, TCK or global nomad. He often moves to new countries and has to change schools and make new friends.

Sammy’s Next Move: Sammy the snail is a travelling snail who lives in different countries
By Helen Maffini



The real-life rescue story of Marshall, the Newfoundland dog, and the people aboard the W.F. Marshall in 1877.

Marshall, the Sea Dog
by: Whitney Stewart



A familiar book to many, this book tells the heartfelt story of a boy and a tree who loved each other very much, but the boy ends up taking parts of the tree until the tree is worn down into a stump. At the end of the book, the boy (now an old man) just needs a place to sit, so he and the stump sit together.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein


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