Delightful Picture Books that Encourage Kindness

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These picture books are a perfect jumping point into a thoughtful discussion about kindness. Each story is a reminder of the difference kindness can make in the life of someone you meet.

Whether it is standing up for a friend or simply smiling at a stranger, we can all spread kindness each day.

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Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller.

This book gently explores what it means to be kind.

The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig

No one seems to notice Brian until the new student shows up. Together they work on a project and suddenly Brian isn’t invisible anymore.

Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts

Jeremy needs to have “those shoes” and finally finds them at the thrift store. Unfortunately, they are too small but he decides he must have them anyway. Eventually, he begins to realize all of the wonderful things he does have and he realizes that sore feet aren’t worth it.

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena

While riding on the city bus, CJ begins to ask his grandmother questions about their situation, such as why they don’t own a car. Along the way she answers his questions and helps him see the beauty in the world around them.

Come With Me by Holly M. McGhee

A little girl’s parents take her with them to show her a few simple ways she can help make the world a better place.

I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness by Kerascoët

This book is inspired by real events as it explores the anger and helplessness that come from someone being treated badly. This story shows how one act of kindness can unite a community.

The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates

The umbrella by the door is big enough to fit everyone. No one needs to worry because there is room for all under the big umbrella.

Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

One small act of kindness grows into something more in this delightful tale.

We’re All Wonders by R. J. Palacio

From the author of Wonder comes this story for young children that teaches them what it is like to live in Auggie’s world. He feels like any other kid, but he knows that people don’t see him that way.

Lemonade Club by Patricia Polacco

The girls have learned to make lemonade when life hands them lemon, but it isn’t always easy. Especially when your friend is diagnosed with leukemia. But Traci finds a way to support her friend and surprisingly, the entire class joins in.

Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson

In this wordless picture book, the young girl picks wildflowers and each one becomes a gift.

A Hat for Mrs. Goldman: A Story About Knitting and Love by Michelle Edwards

Mrs. Goldman is so busy knitting hats for everyone else that once winter comes, she doesn’t have a hat for herself. Sophia wants to surprise her with a hat, but she just can’t seem to get it right.

Nerdy Birdy by Aaron Reynolds

Poor Nerdy Birdy doesn’t fit in with the cool crowd. Eventually, he meets a flock that helps him realize there are more birdies he can fly with.

Enemy Pie by Derek Munson

This Reading Rainbow book teaches kids kindness, courtesy, respect, and friendship. Learn Dad’s secret recipe for handling an enemy.

Pinduli by Janell Cannon

Pinduli’s mom has always told her that she is a beautiful hyena, but not everyone agrees. The creatures soon learn what a difference a few words can make.

Stellaluna by Janell Cannon

Stellaluna is knocked out of her nest by an owl and she lands in a bird’s nest. She is adopted by the bird family and adapts to their habits.

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett

A little girl and her magical yarn teach lessons of kindness to a community.

The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson

The little snail wants to travel the world so the whale helps him out. Along their journey, snail finds a way to return the kindness.

I hope these books will inspire your little ones to look for ways to be kind to those around them.

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