Kindness is one of the most important character traits, but sometimes kids need an extra reminder about the best ways to be kind to others or why kindness matters. These books provide that reminder in creative and appealing ways. Happy reading!


13 Children’s Books That Encourage Kindness Towards Others


Books That Teach Empathy (ages 3-15), Common Sense Media

THIS BOOKLIST from The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) lists books that share the message of creating unity, acting with kindness toward others, and promoting peace.


Books on Kindness:  K-8

The Happiness Tree by Andrea Alban Gosline  K-5

Celebrating the gifts of trees we treasure


Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson                   K-8

A girl learns about the ripple effect of kindness


Please Don’t Tease Tootsie by Margaret Chamberlain         PreK-2

Kindness to animals


Kindness is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler by Margery Cuyler           PreK-2

Teacher guides her students in learning how to do small acts of kindness


Good People Everywhere by Lynea Gillen               PreK-2

Reminders of all the people around us who do good things


Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss               K-8

A small Who helps save a world from destruction


The Kindness Quilt by Nancy Elizabeth Smith                    PreK-2

Based on an Aesop’s Fable, a class makes a kindness project


Fly Free! by Roseanne Thong                        K-3

Freeing a bird leads to an understanding of the power of kindness


The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein             K-8

Teaching about loyalty and kindness.