Amelia Earhart said, “A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” Here are some great books to inspire children to spread kindness.
Our list includes two beloved titles from fan-favorite author P.K. Hallinan, A Rainbow of Friends and Let’s Be Friends, and two new books about friendship: a board book titled Will You Be Friends with Me by Kathleen Long Bostrom and a lighthearted picture book titled Penguin & Moose by Hannah C. Hall.
Introducing kindness through manners, S is for Sharing (and Shark) will be sure to make kids laugh as they learn, while the beloved Berenstain Bears’ Please & Thank You Book is a classic from a best-selling series. Bonnie Clark offers an exciting new picture book about a young girl who learns the power of her words in Taste Your Words illustrated by a Disney animator, Todd Bright. Finally, we are excited to tell you about a new picture book coming out this year titled A Flood of Kindness, which celebrates how an act of kindness can bring hope to others.
Scroll down to find more information about these inspiring reads.
Illustrated by Anna Chernyshova
Penguin has a problem--he doesn't know how to fly. He and his friend, Moose, try everything they can think of to get him airborne: balloons, treetop starts, cocooning like a caterpillar. But no matter how hard they try, Penguin remains firmly on the ground. At the end of the day, a tired and disappointed Penguin realizes that he has something better than the ability to fly--a friend that supports and loves him no matter what. Written by best-selling author Hannah C. Hall, this series debut celebrates the power of friendship. Children are sure to fall in love with the adorable Penguin and Moose.
Illustrated by Phyllis Harris
Dog lover and animal advocate Katherine Schwarzenegger draws from her own experience with fostering and adopting dogs to create a picture book that introduces children to the concept of "adopt, don't shop." In the heartwarming story of Maverick and Me, Maverick is rescued by a kind-hearted stranger after being dumped on the side of the road. The little puppy's luck takes a turn for the better when young Scarlett meets him at an adoption event. Scarlett is so moved by Maverick's story that she and her mother decide to give him the forever home he is looking for. Each year, millions of dogs find themselves in shelters and with animal rescues through no fault of their own. Maverick will help teach children about these dogs and empower even young readers to advocate for shelter pups.
A new size for this sweet and brightly colored board book that explores the presence of Jesus in our lives. If Jesus lived inside our hearts, would it show in our daily actions? This delightful little story explores just that as the toddlers in the story learn to be kind and generous in a variety of situations. The book may be used by parents as an introduction to Jesus and a way to discuss the many ways He lives within us. Bright and engaging illustrations from Amy Wummer enhance the appeal of the book to young children. Ages 2-5.
Friends come in all shapes, sizes, and colors; they can be funny or serious, musical or athletic, outgoing or quiet. In A Rainbow of Friends, P. K. Hallinan reminds children to celebrate their differences, because those are what make each of us so special. Through colorful illustrations and upbeat verse, Hallinan shows that when we celebrate the uniqueness of others, our lives are enriched and the world is a better place for all.
The cherished Bear family is coming to a new generation of toddler and preschool readers! Stan and Jan Berenstain introduced the first Berenstain Bear books in 1962 and the Bear family celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012! Here the charming and lovable Bear family is once again introducing children to the typical issues and questions that they face every day. In The Berenstain Bears' Please & Thank You Book, little readers are introduced to the importance of manners, through gentle reminders given to Brother, Sister, and Honey as they await their milk and cookies. The shorter story length and well-loved characters provide toddlers a perfect introduction to valuable life lessons and routines. Ages 2 to 5.