by Pat Zietlow Miller
illustrated by Jen Hill
After an embarrassing accident the main character unsuccessfully attempts to help her classmate, and then embarks on a thoughtful process of what it actually means to be kind. Also excellent for self-reflection and intentional acts.
by Mary Murphy
A simple book, mainly for very young readers, illustrating the chain reaction of kind acts.
A sick day for Amos McGee
by Philip C. Stead
illustrated by Erin E. Stead
A beautifully illustrated story about a zookeeper who finds himself sick after many years of service, and to his surprise his kindness does not go unnoticed, but reciprocated in a very fun way.
The Nice Book
by David Ezra Stein
A simple book that includes basic ideas for showing kindness and being a good friend.
A wordless book with a clear and beautiful message that can spark discussions not only about bullying, but any unkindness, and how the power of standing up for each other gives others to do the same.
by Maribeth Boelts
illustrated by Noah Z. Jones
In a journey from want to need, a young boy learns the difference between both and that acceptance is a form of kindness.
Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed
by Emily Pearson
illustrated by Fumi Kosaka
Another fun “kindness is contagious” book about a girl who performs kind acts without any expectation of return.
The Invisible Boy
by Trudy Ludwig
illustrated by Patrice Barton
Pay attention to the illustrations as they contribute as much to the story as the words in this touching story about how recognizing or “seeing” others is one of the kindest acts we can share.