5 BOOKS ABOUT KINDNESS
Caroline Cook is a journalist, children’s book reviewer and a Bright Horizons parent! This month Caroline shares with us five fantastic books about kindness...
Whether it’s looking out for our friends, sharing toys or treating others with respect, there are lots of ways to be kind. Books are a brilliant way for children to see examples of kindness and they can help inspire young readers to be kind in their everyday lives too.
1. Sonny says Mine! By Caryl Hart and Zachariah Ohoro
Published by Bloomsbury, 2021
Age 2-6 years
When Sonny finds a small, pink bunny at the park it becomes his favourite thing ever, but as the day goes on he learns that it actually belongs to his friend Boo who has lost it. At first Sonny does everything he can to hold on to the bunny but when he sees Boo is upset he realises what he must do to be kind. A funny, enjoyable story with important lessons about sharing, telling the truth and caring for your friends.
2. ABCs of Kindness by Samantha Berger and Ekaterina Trukhan, 2020
Published by Highlights for Children
From A for ‘a single ACT of kindness’ to Z for the ‘ZILLION acts of kindness you can do every day’ this brilliant alphabet book is packed with ideas and examples of how you can spread a little kindness. In a sturdy board book format with bright illustrations it’s the perfect introduction to kindness for the youngest of readers.
3. The Kiss by Linda Sunderland and Jessica Courtney-Tickle, 2019
Published by Little Tiger
Age 3-6 years
The Kiss is an enchanting story which feels like a classic fairytale - complete with magic, a greedy villain and a wise moral about kindness. When Grandma leaves Edwyn’s house he blows her a kiss, which gives warmth and happiness to everyone she meets. But when a rich man hears about the kiss and steals it for himself, it begins to fade away. Only true kindness will be able to restore its powers...
4. The Invisible by Tom Percival, 2020
Published by Simon and Schuster
One of the most talked about picture books of the year so far, The Invisible is a beautiful example of what kindness can achieve. When Isabel and her family have to move to the other side of the city because they can no longer afford to pay their bills, Isabel begins to feel invisible. As she fades away Isabel notices other invisible people too and she decides to help them. Gradually her small acts of kindness lead to something big…
5. Bear and Hare: Mine! By Emily Gravett, 2016
Published by Macmillan
Ages 2-5 years
In this laugh-out-loud story, Bear and Hare are going for a walk. Each time they find something exciting Bear asks if they can share it, but Hare replies with, ‘Mine!’. Eventually Bear has had enough and he leaves. But when Hare then comes across a beehive, he gets into a rather sticky situation. Will Bear return to help and will Hare realise that it’s better to be kind after all?