With everything that is going on in the world, we could all use a little empathy and thoughtfulness. On World Kindness Day (Nov. 13) — or any day of the year — share these stories with someone little you love and learn more about being kind to fellow people and creatures.
If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson – With spare text and breathtaking oil paintings, If You Plant a Seed demonstrates not only the process of planting and growing for young children but also how a seed of kindness can bear sweet fruit. A resonant, gently humorous story about the power of small acts and the rewards of compassion and generosity.
Finding Kindness by Deborah Underwood – Celebrate kindness in all its many forms. This is a powerful story of community, compassion, and generosity of spirit–perfect for sharing!
How to Heal a Broken Wing by Bob Graham – In a city full of hurried people, only young Will notices a bird lying hurt on the ground. With the help of his sympathetic mother, he gently wraps the injured bird and takes it home. Wistful and uplifting, here is a tale of kindness and possibility — and of the souls who never doubt its power. Also available in Spanish!
A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead – Amos McGee, a friendly zookeeper, always made time to visit his good friends: the elephant, the tortoise, the penguin, the rhinoceros, and the owl. But one day, he woke up with the sniffles and the sneezes. Though he didn’t make it into the zoo that day, he did receive some unexpected guests.
A Hat for Mrs. Goldman by Michelle Edwards – Mrs. Goldman always knits hats for everyone in the neighborhood, and Sophia, who thinks knitting is too hard, helps by making the pom-poms. But now winter is here, and Mrs. Goldman herself doesn’t have a hat—she’s too busy making hats for everyone else! It’s up to Sophia to buckle down and knit a hat for Mrs. Goldman. Readers both young and old will relate to Sophia’s frustrations, as well as her delight in making something special for someone she loves.
The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld – When something terrible happens, Taylor doesn’t know where to turn. All the animals are sure they have the answer. The chicken wants to talk it out, but Taylor doesn’t feel like chatting. The bear thinks Taylor should get angry, but that’s not quite right either. One by one, the animals try to tell Taylor how to process this loss, and one by one they fail. Then the rabbit arrives. All the rabbit does is listen, which is just what Taylor needs.
The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney – In award-winning artist Jerry Pinkney’s wordless adaptation of one of Aesop’s most beloved fables, an unlikely pair learn that no act of kindness is ever wasted. After a ferocious lion spares a cowering mouse that he’d planned to eat, the mouse later comes to his rescue, freeing him from a poacher’s trap.
Goat’s Coat by Tom Percival – Alfonzo couldn’t be happier. He just got an amazing new coat, and he feels like a million dollars. But when he discovers some creatures in need of help, will Alfonzo be able to give up his treasured possession to save the day? This great big hug of a book shows that kindness is definitely the best recipe.
I Walk with Vanessa by Kerascoët – This simple yet powerful picture book tells the story of an elementary school girl named Vanessa who is bullied and a fellow student who witnesses the act and is at first unsure of how to help. Explores the feelings of helplessness and anger that arise in the wake of seeing a classmate treated badly, and shows how a single act of kindness can lead to an entire community joining in to help.
*All synopses and pictures from GoodReads.
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