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Compassion and kindness toward others are hugely important traits that should be built upon and fostered early on in children. Our words and actions have effects on ourselves and others’ emotions, and young students are learning this each day and experiencing it first hand. Children learn through our modeling and their interactions, but it is also helpful to have some great picture books handy that they can relate to and learn from! Today, Kindergarten Planet and I are excited to share some of our favorite picture books about compassion!
*Pair with our Feelings and Emotions Writing Center Activities!
Picture Books About Compassion
Bear Feels Sick by Karma Wilson
The Bear Books are always a classroom favorite! In this story, Bear feels very ill. He is even too sick to play with his friends! Bear’s friends show compassion for him as they all work together to nurse him back to health.
How to Heal a Broken Wing by Bob Graham
In a city full of rushed, hurried people, a little boy named Will notices a hurt bird on the ground. With his mother’s help, he takes the injured bird home and begins to carefully nurse it back to health. This is a great story showing care and compassion for not just other people, but animals too.
Under the Lemon Moon by Edith Hope Fine
Rosalinda is awakened one night by a noise in the garden. She discovers a man taking lemons from her family’s lemon tree and stuffing them into a bag. Rosalinda sets out to save her lemon tree, and is directed to La Anciana or, The Old One. La Anciana helps Rosalinda develop a plan for saving her lemon tree, while also helping the man who is stealing the lemons. This book highlights generosity and forgiveness.
Kindness is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler! by Margery Cuyler
I just love the catchy, rhyming title of this fun story! This is a perfect Kindergarten read aloud, but would work for other young readers as well! Mrs. Ruler asks some of her kindergarten students to miss recess, and she is going to teach them a new rule – “Kindness is Cool!” Soon her whole class is doing so many good deeds that their kindness bulletin board is overflowing! Can they reach 100 acts of kindness?
A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead
Amos always spends a little bit of time each day with his friends at the zoo. But one day, he is too sick to make it there for his visit. His animal friends decide that it is time they return the favor to Amos!
Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud
This popular read aloud has inspired classroom environments everywhere. This book encourages positive behavior as it shows children how rewarding it can be to display kindness, love, appreciation, and compassion. Bucket filling and dipping are the metaphors used in the story to help children understand the effects of our actions and words on others.
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