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Kindness & Compassion

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Have You Filled a Bucket Today

Ages: 4-9 years

I love this book for teaching kids how we impact other people through our kind and not-so-kind behaviors. The book teaches that every time a person is kind and compassionate towards others, they fill their own buckets with goodness. Each time they are unkind to someone, a little bit of their bucket empties. This is a great way for kids to learn accountability for their actions and the importance of kindness and compassion.  I’ve had kids make their own buckets and fill them up with notes whenever they are helpful or kind.

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Be Kind

Ages: 3-6 years

This is a sweet and simple book demonstrating the power of kindness through simple gestures and words between friends. This story shows examples of kindness (giving, helping, paying attention), and acknowledges that it is not always easy to be kind, especially when others aren't.

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I need a Hug

Ages: 3-5 years

This is a story about learning not to judge a book by its cover! This is the story of a tiny porcupine who just wants a cuddle. All of the other animals turn him away because of his prickly spikes. But finally the porcupine meets an animal who's happy to hug -- a snake!

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The Invisible Boy

Ages: 6-9 years

This is a great book for children who may be slower to warm-up and on the quieter side in social settings. It shares the experience of a boy who feels invisible in his class until he befriends a new boy in the class, and that changes everything.

This story teaches how a simple act of kindness can transform an invisible boy into a friend… There is a discussion guide and resources provided at the end for caregivers that want more information on approaching this topic.

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Enemy Pie

Ages: 5-9 years

This is a funny and light book with unexpected surprises for a kid who bakes enemy pie for his new neighbor and finds himself becoming friends with him during their playdate. The main idea seems to be that the best way to get rid of an enemy is by making them your friend! This is a cute book on why we should refrain from making judgments and assumptions.

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Good People Everywhere

Ages: 3-8 years

This book is needed as a reminder that most people are good--and that there are always helpers around! This is a much needed reminder in a world where we experience tragedies, traumas, and scary situations. I read this book often with my daughter after the Surfside building collapse happened in our own community.

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Pass It On

Ages: 3-7 years

An adorable book on paying it forward with kindness. What would it feel like to spread happiness and kindness? Shared happiness can be so powerful. I love this light-hearted story.

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The Day The Crayons Quit

Ages: 3-7 years

Such a fun book! This is great for encouraging perspective taking! Each crayon color writes a letter describing why they have “quit” and share their feelings with the boy. He figures out how to help each one of them at the end. This is definitely a favorite in my home!

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The Cool Bean

Ages: 4-8 years

This is a story about what it feels like to not feel like you belong in a group like some of the other kids. It tackles the concepts of embracing and accepting your uniqueness and finding your own strengths! This story also highlights how cool it is to be kind and compassionate. I love Jory John’s entire series (many of them are listed on this guide).

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