November 13th is World Kindness Day. Books can illustrate how kindness can have big impact in the communities around us for the children in our lives. Below, you'll find seven titles to help jumpstart conversations about what it means to lead with kindness in our thoughts and actions as we move about our daily lives.
Some questions to ask your young reader about kindness when you are reading the following titles:
What does it mean to be kind to someone?
How does it make you feel when someone is kind to you?
How do you show your friends kindness?
How does it make you feel when you are kind to someone else?
How do the characters in the books you read show kindness to others?
Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan: Rubina has been invited to her very first birthday party, but her mother wants her to bring her little sister Sama along. At the party Sama demands to win every game and even steals Rubina’s prized party favor.
Big Words for Little People by Jamie Lee Curtis: Little kids will learn about big concepts such as perservere, respect, and patience with humorous verses accompanied by Laura Cornell’s illustrations. We love this duos books–they make big concepts and ideas easy for kids to understand. Cloud Tea Monkeys by Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham: Tashi, a young girl, attempts to find work on a tea plantation in order to earn money to take care of her sick mother. She’s too small to harvest the tender leaves when some magical helpers come along. Giant Steps to Change the World by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee: Inspire kids to do big things with this book’s motivational verses and quotes from history’s movers and shakers. Big changes only take tiny steps. The Can Man by Laura E. Williams: Tim wants a skateboard for his birthday, but money is tight in his family. Seeing how The Can Man on the street collects empty soda cans for money gives him an idea. Soon Tim collects enough cans for his skateboard, but an encounter with The Can Man changes his perspective. I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont: A boisterous little girl loves herself. From her messy hair, her stinky toes, and her love for her dog, this little girl’s energy will leap off the page. My Mouth Is a Volcano! by Julia Cook: Louis loves sharing his thoughts–to everyone! He’s constantly interrupting others to share his exciting ideas. How can he learn the right time and place to share his words?