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Top 10 Story Books That Teach 5-8 Year Olds About Kindness

Aesop said, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Like any other parent, you too would want your child to have all the moral values that you have and learn the things that you learnt as a child, from being honest and kind and responsible. We all want to keep our child away from getting in any trouble or taking up any bad habits.

Unlike adults who decide if they should or shouldn’t do something or who know how their actions can bring a change in the world, kids lack that understanding level. They don’t know what they should do or how their actions can affect the people around them. They only know what others tell them, what you tell them. While it is not easy to teach them alphabets or different animals and trees, it’s even more difficult to teach them certain values.

Books are the greatest teacher, of course after parents! It is because we understand how teaching values like honesty and kindness are difficult for parents that we have gathered a list of interesting storybooks that teach your 5 to 8-year-olds about kindness.

1. We All Sing With the Same Voice by J. Philip Miller and Sheppard M. Greene

“We All Sing With The Same Voice” is a songbook that encourages people with differences to come together and live in harmony. The song connects kids all around the world and repeats the lines "We all sing with the same voice. The same song. The same voice. We all sing with the same voice and we sing in harmony."

Age Range: 4 - 8 years

No. of pages: 40 pages

2. Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson

The book covers a story about the friendship between Maya, a new girl in school and Chloe who didn’t want to befriend her and realizes later the value of kindness.

Moral of the story:You learn that even your smallest of kind gestures help someone a lot.

Age Range:5 - 8 years

Grade Level:Kindergarten - 3

No. of pages:32 pages

3. The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig

The Invisible Boy is a simple yet heartfelt story of a young boy named Brian = who gets excluded for no apparent reason but ultimately finds a way to cope up and gain acceptance.

Moral of the story:The books through the story of Brian teaches kids that there are all kinds of people in the world, quiet, talkative, friendly, shy, etc but we should celebrate those differences rather than using them to exclude someone from the society. It teaches kids the importance of kindness, caring and friendliness.

Age Range:6 - 9 years

No. of pages:40 pages

4. Have You Filled A Bucket Today? By Carol McCloud

“Have you filled a bucket today?” is an award-winning book that teaches children how being kind every day is essential. ‘Bucket’ in the title of the book is a metaphor for a person’s kindness. The author teaches kids that while being kind to someone fills the bucket, being the opposite empties it.

Moral of the story:Being kind to others and helping them when they are in need, brings happiness to others and yourself too.

Age Range:4 - 9 years

Grade Level:Preschool - 4

No. of pages:32 pages

5. Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts

The story is about a young boy who buys a pair of shoes one day in a thrift shop because his family cannot afford new ones. He had been dreaming about getting a pair for a really long time but the ones he got are a bit tight. There’s another kid in his class who cannot afford new shoes and his feet would fit in his new shoes. Out of kindness, the young boy gives his new shoes away to the kid in need of them.

Moral of the story:The story highlights the importance of giving things up in life and making decisions that might not favour you but will help someone in need. In the story, when the young boy decides to give away he shoes, he feels way happier for helping the other kid.

Age Range: 5 - 8 years

No. of pages: 40 pages

6. I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness by Kerascoëet

Vanessa is being bullied by a student and on her way to her home, is noticed crying by a classmate. The story begins when the classmate sees her and decides to have a confrontation.

Moral of the story:This wordless picture book teaches the child about kindness, caring, giving support and stepping up against bullying.

Age Range: 4 - 8

Grade Level:Preschool - 3

No. of pages: 40 pages

7. Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson

The book is about Mary who is ordinary in every way but even as an ordinary person, she does something out of kindness that starts a chain accepting people all over the world.

Moral of the story: Even the most ordinary people can do extraordinary things by only spreading kindness in the world.

Age Range: 4 - 12 years

Grade Level:2 - 6

No. of pages:32 pages

8. The Three Questions by Jon J Muth

The book revolves around a boy named Nikolai who wants to do good deeds in life but has three doubts in his mind, “When is the best time to do things?”, “Who is the most important one?”, “What is the right thing to do?” He eventually learns that the right time is now, the important one is the one you are with, and the right thing to do is good.

Age Range: 4 -8 years

No. of pages:36 pages

9. The Smartest Giant in town– Julia Donaldson

A simple yet touching story about a giant who willingly gave up everything that he had to help others until he had nothing left to give and how everyone he helped rallies around him as a way of thanking him for all that he did for them.

Age Range: 3 - 7 years

No. of pages:32 pages

10. Tacky The Penguin by Helen Lester

Every bird makes fun of Tacky because he’s different from them. He’s a bit odd but when a hunter comes one day, Tacky saves the day.

Moral of the story: You shouldn’t be mean to someone just because they are a bit different or odd. Being different has its own perks.

Age Range: 4 - 7 years

Grade Level: Preschool - 3

No. of pages:32 pages

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