Studies have repeatedly shown that kindness changes the brain for the better. With children back in school, whether in the classroom or online, it is essential we teach them the importance of being kind at an early age. It can lead to a decrease in bullying, reduced depression, increased empathy, and a greater sense of self-esteem. Our editors at Be Kind & Co. have selected these 9 popular books that feature acceptance, compassion and kindness for children.
In Kindness Starts With You, children can learn simple, easy lessons about how their actions can make the world a better place every single day.
Even in the age of COVID-19 when our schools don’t look the same, it’s still crucial for our children to learn that the classroom is a place to accept and support others, as well as be accepted and supported themselves.
Themes of empathy and emotional intelligence, approached simply and beautifully in this story about a day at the park, can help children better understand how to care for the people in their lives.
“You should always be kind to those who are different from you. Because to them, YOU are different too.” That’s the underlying lesson of It’s Ok To Be Different, a book focused on helping children understand that our differences are what make us stronger.
This beautifully poetic book uses sweet language and soft illustrations to help show children all sorts of lessons, from being a generous friend to spending more time in nature.
This story follows a girl named Anna who becomes distressed one night when the moon disappears. Through Anna’s journey, children will see the value of caring for one another, and learn that there is a creative solution for every problem.
Every page of Cards of Kindness holds a fresh piece of positive affirmation that will help girls feel encouraged and uplifted, no matter what challenges they’re facing.
Wonder follows August Pullman, a fifth grader who wants to fit in despite having a face that stands out. Telling a story through the eyes of Augie and his friends, author R.J. Palacio hopes to teach us all that a bit of kindness and understanding can make a world of difference.
Using positive psychology, this coloring book holds so many lessons for young boys from self esteem and confidence to stress relief and positive focus.