8 Must-Read Books That Teach Kindness

By Megan Sapelak
Little girl with glasses reading book

“Treat others as you would want to be treated.” The #1 Golden Rule to live by. But, for our children, sometimes being kind can be harder to do than expected. Within minutes, using someone’s favorite crayon when they wanted it can cause feelings to get hurt in a flash. The wonderful thing about children is that they are sponges ready to absorb information at all times. When being kind is a little harder at times, sharing books with them that relate to kindness and acceptance is always a win-win situation. Below is our list of favorite books that teach kindness.

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The Invisible Boy

By Trudy Ludwig


The theme of this book is to accept others regardless of their differences.

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Enemy Pie

By Derek Munson

This book enlightens readers that we must not form opinions about others before getting to know them.


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Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners

By Laurie Keller

A playful book that uses the golden rule to show how to be a good friend and neighbor.


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Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids.

By Carol McCloud

This book encourages positive behavior by demonstrating how easy it is to perform random acts of kindness in order to uplift others.


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The Giving Tree

By Shel Silverstein

A classic book that teaches about the power of unconditional love and how rewarding it can be to give to others.


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The Last Stop On Market Street

By Matt De La Peña

An award-winning picture book that teaches the importance of community and finding appreciation in unexpected places.


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A Sick Day for Amos McGee

By Philip C. Stead and Erin E. Stead

This heart-warming book is centered on helping friends during hardships and times of need.


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Horton Hears a Who!

By Dr. Suess

Another classic book that emphasizes acceptance while also providing a memorable phrase: “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”


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