The Best Books To Inspire Acts of Kindness
Kindness is a simple but powerful action for the giver and receiver, but it isn’t always easy for children because the world revolves around them!! If we want children to show acts of kindness we need to model kindness for them to learn from.
Acts of Kindness
Kindness is a simple but powerful action. If we want children to show unprompted kindness adults need to model kindness for them to learn from.
For children to show unprompted, natural kindness they need to be on the receiving end of such actions to understand its power. Providing opportunities to discuss the consequences of their actions and understand we don’t need recognition for acts of kindness are two examples.
Help your students imagine how others feel during intolerant or difficult situations by reading kindness books. The suggested books promote caring, thoughtful and respectful behaviour and are great discussion starters on what it means to be kind.
Kindness is a simple but powerful action for the giver and receiver. Roald Dahl said “I think probably kindness is my number one attribute in a human being. I’ll put it before any of the things like courage or bravery or generosity or anything else.” I totally agree! But it isn’t always natural for children to be kind because the world revolves around them!! Well, that’s what they think!
Inspiring Acts of Kindness
Generosity is more than the giving of gifts, it is also about our attitude to others and how we act around them. This may involve the giving of our time. Use these books to start a dialogue on not expecting anything in return for charitable and generous acts.
As with many positive character traits, adults need to model their own behaviour and support children so they can build this attitude into their daily lives. Help them look for little ways they can be generous. Don’t make it all about big gestures on important days, such as birthdays. Inspire acts of kindness and generosity by sharing stories of characters generosity, sharing and kindness.
Try some of these activities to encourage kindness in children.
- Donate old toys and clothes to a local charity, shelter or church collection.
- Write a kind note for a family member, teacher, coach, etc to let them know how much you appreciate them and why.
- Why not bake treats for someone who helps in the community, a teacher, police and fire officers, nurses?
- Give up your spare time and volunteer at an animal shelter, nursing home or food bank.
- Find out who needs help in your community.
- For nature lovers, place a bird feeder in your garden and make your own birdseed.
- Pick up rubbish in your local area.
These acts of kindness will help children interact and engage with the world around them in a compassionate and empathetic way.
What may be the most difficult aspect for children to embrace is that we don’t need recognition for kindness. The end goal is for children to be naturally kind with nothing in return. Though this can be hard for adults too!!
Kindness Book List
These kindness book recommendations show characters in different situations where they show kindness or on the receiving end of kind acts.
AAAlligator! by Judith Henderson
A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka
Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller
The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett
The Great Realisation by Tomos Roberts
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña
Little Wise Wolf by Gijs van der Hammen
Lotus and Feather by Ji-li Jiang
Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson
Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora
What Is Given from the Heart by Patricia C. McKissack
You Hold Me Up by Monique Gray Smith
Do you have any favourite picture books to promote kindness in your classroom or at home? Let me know in the comments below. It would be great to have a selection of recommended books to choose from when I update this post.
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