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Moving Stories of Kindness for Children
Best Children's Books

Below are cute and fun stories of kindness for children. We LOVE reading these sweet, thought-provoking books to our students.  Kindness and non-bullying is so important to teach to children of all ages (...and let's face it, adults too!)  And, it's a topic that must be taught and retaught in order to be effective.  One excellent way to do this without losing the effectiveness of the message is to use children's books that tell stories of kindness!  During storytime, kids are especially receptive to lessons that teach values. Stories of kindness will reach their hearts in way that direct discussions never can. We love these books!

The Lion and
the Mouse

(retelling the well-known
Aesop's fable, full of
STUNNING illustrations)
preschool - 2nd grade

A Sick Day for
Amos McGee

(a charming book about
an elderly zoo keeper
and his animal friends)

Kindergarten - 2nd grade

How Kind
(farm animals learn
kindness is contagious
in this cheery tale)
by Mary Murphy

preschool - 1st grade

(a story about self-image
and treating others kindly--
set in Africa and staring a
cute little hyena)
Kindergarten - 3rd grade

Paulie Pastrami
Achieves World Peace

(funny Paulie plans simple
acts of kindness to spread
world peace)

preschool - 1st grade

Kindness is Cooler,
Mrs. Ruler

(to get her kids to be kind,
Mrs. Ruler gives an assignment
to do five acts of kindness)
Kindergarten - 2nd grade

Good People

(an adorable book
about how most people
are basically good)

Preschool & Up

Ordinary Mary's
Extraordinary Deed

(Mary does a good deed and
starts a chain reaction that
goes around the world)
Kindergarten - 2nd grade

Little Bird
(adorable book that teaches
kids that even small acts
of kindness can make
all the difference)

all ages will enjoy

The Invisible Boy
(nobody ever seems to
notice Brian until the kind-
ness of a new kid helps
Brian learn to shine)

1st grade - 4th grade

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A Home for Bird
(a toad makes a new friend
and is determined to help
him -- such a sweet,
touching story!)

Preschool - 3rd grade

Hey Little Ant
(What would you do if
the ant you were about to
step on looked up and
started talking?)
Preschool - 2nd grade

Because Amelia

(a cute story about how
contagious kindness is--
starting just a smile)

Preschool - 2nd grade

Have You Filled
Your Bucket Today?

(encourages kindness by
using the idea of "filling
buckets" of others)
Preschool and Up

How Do Dinosaurs
Play with their Friends

(teaches about being nice
through funny examples
of how dinosaurs treat--
or mistreat--their friends)
Preschool - 1st grade

Mufaro's Beautiful

(set in Africa, shows the
value of kindness
and generosity)
Preschool - 4th grade

Random Acts
of Kindness

(true stories and suggestions
to inspire readers to live
more compassionately)

age varies by selection

Somebody Loves
You, Mr. Hatch

(story of a secret admirer
that shows someone how
much everyone cares)

Kindergarten - 3rd grade

The Golden Rule
by Ilene Cooper
(a grandfather explains the
rule and all the good that
happens from following it)
Kindergarten - 5th grade

Each Kindness
(an anti-bullying book
about how small acts of
kindness matter--
award winning book)

Kindergarten - 3rd grade

We're just getting started on this list, and plan to add a bunch more very soon.  We hope the list below is helpful. And, if you know of a great children's book on this topic, please do let us know! 

Enjoy the books!

Betsy, Cindy, and Virginia (the teachers/sisters behind this website)

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