Picture Books about Caring and Thoughtful Attitudes
These caring picture books illustrate caring and kind behaviour. The book characters help those in need, are concerned for others, and understand how their actions affect people.
Why Use Picture Books about Caring Attitudes?
These caring picture books are perfect for teaching life lessons, values, empathy, friendships and character development. They promote the message that a caring and kind attitude is important, as well as showing how important to put themselves into someone else’s shoes.
The benefits of a caring and kind attitude include:
- making connections and building positive relationships
- increased self-esteem and self-worth
- a happier and more positive mindset
- having a sense of accomplishment
Picture Books about Caring and Kind Attitudes
The positive caring themes in the caring picture books below include:
- standing up for others in need
- putting themselves into someone else’s shoes
- being a supportive friend
- seeing the good in people
- making the best choice in difficult situations
- putting others first
- being considerate
- responding politely to insults
While many caring picture books show positive actions, others highlight negative behaviour that can promote a meaningful discussion about more positive actions. The behaviours include:
- unkind attitude to others
- a lack of empathy
- ungrateful of others actions
- selfish and likely not to share
- expects to get their own way and argues if they don’t
- impatient when they don’t get their own way
- unable to put themselves into another person's shoes
- doesn’t see their behaviour as selfish or uncaring
Questions to Use with Caring Picture Books
- What does it mean to be caring?
- Describe [character’s] caring actions and the consequences?
- In what ways was [character] caring?
- How do caring actions affect [character’s] life?
- What were the consequences to [character] because of a lack of balance?
- In what ways could [character] have been more caring?
- Why is it important [character] tried to be more caring?
- What could [character] have done to be more caring?
- Why did [character] find it difficult to be caring?
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Picture Books about Caring Attitudes and Actions
An Extraordinary Egg by Leo Lionni
Three frogs live on Pebble Island. One of them finds a large, grey egg and according to her two friends, it is a ‘chicken’ egg. When the ‘chicken’ finally hatches it plays with the frogs all day. Later, its mother comes along, and she greets her baby as “my sweet little alligator” to the disbelief of the frogs.
Anita and the Dragons by Hannah Carmona
From her home in the Dominican Republic, Anita watches dragons fly high above her. She doesn’t let them scare her, but one day she finds she will have to travel on one of them, an aeroplane, to begin a new life in “a distant land far, far away”.
Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller
Tanisha's classmate wants to help her feel better when she spills grape juice down her new dress. But what does it actually mean to be kind? Be Kind explores the different actions, big and small, that can make a difference, particularly to a friend.
Big Bear Hug by Nicholas Oldland
Bird House by Blanca Gómez
A grandmother and granddaughter find an injured bird on a snowy day. Together, they nurse it back to health. They set the healthy bird free, respecting that it belongs in the wild. The grandmother teaches the young girl that the bird is not theirs to keep, but is welcome to visit the birdhouse they built.
The Digger and the Flower by Joseph Kuefler
Heckedy Peg by Audrey Wood
A loving mother saves her seven children (names after the days of the week) from an evil witch. The witch, Heckedy Peg, turns the children into food and takes them to her home, a cave. The mother tricks the witch into giving her the children back.
Let's Get a Pup! Said Kate by Bob Graham
The Lion and the Bird by Marianne Dubuc
A lion discovers an injured bird and nurses it back to health. The two become close but as spring arrives the bird returns to its family now flying north. The lion continues on with its life, and as autumn comes around, the lion hears the familiar sound of the bird.
Little Bird by Germano Zullo
My Father's Arms Are A Boat by Stein Erik Lunde
My Friend is Sad by Mo Willems
Phileas's Fortune: A Story about Self-Expression by Agnes de Lestrade
Large factories churn out beautiful, ugly and funny words. People purchase, then swallow the words to communicate. Not all words are equal and the cost of each word varies. Phileas catches three discarded, random words to express his love for Cybele.
The Red Bicycle by Jude Isabella
The Ricker Racker Club by Patrick Guest
The Scarecrow by Beth Ferry
Shelter by Céline Claire
All the animals are safe in their home as a storm approaches. When two strangers appear asking for shelter, the animals are suspicious and turn them away. As the storm worsens, a family of foxes find themselves in need of shelter. The two strangers show the kindness the other animals wouldn’t give.
Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson
A girl picks colourful flowers poking up through the cracks in the pavement. She places her flowers on a dead sparrow, a sleeping man and into a dog’s collar. At home, she places flowers in her mother’s hair and a few on her brother’s head.
The Silence Seeker by Ben Morley
Joe's mum tells him the new neighbours are asylum seekers, but he mishears this as ‘silence seekers'. In an act of kindness, Joe helps his new neighbour find a quiet place to be and a new bond grows despite the language barrier.
Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev
A Symphony of Whales by Steve Schuch
Tomas and the Library Lady by Pat Mora
The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers
When a boy finds a mysterious aeroplane he takes it for a ride, which doesn't go quite as planned. He flies upwards until he runs out of petrol and lands on the moon. He meets a marooned alien and they work together to return to their homes.
Where the Heart Is by Irma Gold
Based on a true story. Old Joao finds a penguin covered in oil on a beach near Rio de Janeiro. He nurses it back to health and the penguin stays with Joao long after it is healthy. After a year, the penguin travels over 8,000km to a penguin colony in Patagonia only to return on the long journey to visit the old man.
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox
A boy named Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge lives next to an old people’s home. His favourite resident is Miss Nancy Alison Delacourt Cooper. When Wilfrid finds out she has lost her memory he goes on a journey to discover what memories are so he can help Miss Nancy find hers.
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Learning through positive examples in your classroom is a great way to promote caring behaviour. I hope these caring picture book suggestions will help start a discussion on the ethical dilemmas the characters face and then what your students may face.
Do you have any additional suggestions for caring picture books? Hit the comments and let me know!