Books: Teaching Our Children the Importance of Kindness



Books are amazing tools for teaching our children about important topics like kindness, empathy, acceptance, and inclusion.

As a mother to three young girls, I grow increasingly concerned each day with raising children to bring good to the world. I truly believe that children are born kind and, as mothers, it is our responsibility to ensure that our children continue practicing kindness.

As parents, helping our children understand the concepts of kindness, empathy, understanding, acceptance, and inclusion, we provide a basic knowledge base for our children to build upon.

In my few short years of motherhood, I’ve learned that beautiful and powerful lessons can be taught through the words that flow from books.

Summertime is almost over and that means back-to-school for our children. This time of new beginnings can bring up a lot of emotions for children.

While my daughters are only preschoolers, I want them to understand the importance of including others in both play and conversation while acknowledging and appreciating differences in others. School settings can be scary and unpredictable for some children and, in this circumstance, a little kindness can go a long way.

I have compiled a list of my daughters’ favorite books, along with some recommended by very special people, highlighting the need for kindness in our childrens’ social settings. These books provide beautiful lessons about kindness, friendship, empathy, acceptance, and inclusion.

Here’s to some happy reading about some tough topics!

Same, Same But Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw

The Good Egg by Jory John 

All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae

We’re Different, We’re the Same by Bobbi Jane Kates

Stella Brings the Family by Miriam B. Schiffer

Mixed: A Colorful Story by Arree Chung

Words and Your Heart by Kate Jane Neal

Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids by Carol McCloud

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena

Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts

Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson and Fumi Kosaka

You, Me, and Empathy by Jayneen Sanders

One by Kathryn Otoshi 

I Am Enough by Grace Byers

The Monster Who Lost His Mean by Tiffany Strelitz Haber and Kirstie Edmunds 

We’re Amazing, 1, 2, 3! by Leslie Kimmelman

My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete

When Charley Met Emma by Amy Webb

The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates and Juniper Bates

You Hold Me Up by Monique Gray Smith

Salam Alaikum: A Message of Peace by Harris J

Just Ask: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You by Sonia Sotomayor

Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers

Chocolate Me! by Taye Diggs

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Kathleen is a Florida State University graduate with a degree in elementary education. Once she realized her “calling” was the medical field, she returned to school for her RN. Currently on an extended hiatus from her dream job as a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit nurse, Kathleen is a stay-at-home-mom, her REAL dream job. She and her husband, Mark, are parents to three beautiful girls, twins, Evelyn and Sloane, 4, and Blaire, 3, all born within 12 months. Kathleen enjoys being with her family and friends, her “tribe.” Without them, she could not have survived the last four years of ups and downs. She loves beach days, pool days, mango White Claws, rap music, dancing, and laughing. There’s no sugarcoating with this mama; she tells it like it is, honestly, and with her whole heart.


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