Children’s Books about Being Kind

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Want to raise kind kids? These children’s books about being kind will help you instill important values of kindness and empathy for others.

Ask any parent which values they want to teach children, and kindness will make that list.

We need kindness more than ever in this world, for kids to extend genuine compassion that isn’t rewarded with stickers or a high-five. Kindness that’s done when no one is looking.

More importantly, we need kids to stick up for others. To not look the other way when they see someone needs their help, and to feel empathy for those around them.

I want my kids to grow into kind adults, and so far I like what I’m seeing. They ask one another, “Are you okay?” and fetch a favorite toy when they see someone hurt. They’re concerned when their friends feel upset, and they give hugs, kisses and “I love you’s” to me and my husband.

Unprompted, natural kindness.

Children’s books about being kind

As always, I turn to children’s stories about helping others to emphasize the values of kindness I want them to learn. These children’s books are fantastic talking points to discuss what it means to be kind, and the importance of being so.

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Sometimes It’s Hard to Be Nice by Maggie C. Rudd and Kelly O’Neill

What Does It Mean to Be Kind? by Rana DiOrio

Adventures in Kindness by Carrie and Sophia Fox, illustrated by Nichole Wong Forti

Superbuns!: Kindness Is Her Superpower by Diane Kredensor

Kindness Get a Thumbs Up by Brenda Li

Kindness Rules by Eunice Moyle

Tomorrow I’ll Be Kind by Jessica Hische

Harry The Happy Mouse

You, Me and Empathy by Jayneen Sanders

Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller

Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun by Maria Dismondy

A Bike Like Sergio’s by Maribeth Boelts

The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade by Justin Roberts

Kindness is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler by Margery Cuyler

Good People Everywhere by Lynea Gillen

How Kind by Mary Murphy

The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig

Little Bird by Germano Zullo

Because Amelia Smiled by David Ezra Stein

The Golden Rule by Ilene Cooper

Hey Little Ant by Phillip Hoose

Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli

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  • How to Raise a Kind Child

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