Here are five books about kindness that every kid should read. These stories promote positive messages and provide valuable lessons about being kind to others.
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The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
The Crossover is a novel in verse about twin brothers who play basketball. Josh and Jordan are identical twins who have a strong bond, despite the fact that they are very different people. Josh is an excellent student and a talented basketball player, while Jordan is more interested in music and fashion.
The boys’ parents are also very different. their mother, father, and uncle all played professional basketball, but their mother died when they were young. Their father is now a successful businessman, while their uncle is a drug addict who has been in and out of prison.
Despite their differences, the twins share a strong bond that is tested when they have to choose between staying together or going their separate ways. The Crossover is an uplifting story about the power of family, friendship, and kindness.
We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio
We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio is a novel about a boy with a facial deformity who starts attending school after being homeschooled. The story follows his journey as he navigates making friends and fitting in. This is a heartwarming reminder that we should all celebrate our uniqueness.
The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
Though he’s one of the smallest animals in the African savanna, the mouse is not afraid to show compassion when he sees the mighty lion trapped in a net. When the lion later roars with gratitude, their friendship proves that even the unlikeliest companions can connect and that no act of kindness is too small.
The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig
The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig is a must-read for every elementary school classroom and public library. The book follows Brian, a boy who feels invisible at school and home. Through a series of events, Brian learns how to connect with others and becomes more visible in the process. This story is perfect for kids who feel invisible or left out, and is a great way to start a conversation about kindness with your child.
A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead
In this heartwarming tale, Zoo keeper Amos McGee spends his day off visiting with his animal friends at the zoo. When Amos gets sick, his animal friends return the favor by coming to visit him. A perfect story to share with a little one when they are under the weather!