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Top 10 Story Books That Teach Kids Under 5 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. After all, we all want to keep our children 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 affect the world around them, kids lack this understanding. 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. After parents, of course! And we understand how teaching values like honesty and kindness are difficult for parents. That’s why we have gathered a list of interesting storybooks that teach your little ones about kindness

1. 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

2. Good People Everywhere by Lynea Gillen

This book works as a reminder for people that there are good people in the world and encourages children to spread kindness and love whenever they can. This can be read by a child if they have had a bad day and need to lighten up a bit.

Age Range:3 and up

Grade Level:Preschool and up

No. of pages:32 pages

3. A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead

The story is about Amos who takes care of his animals at the zoo every day. One day he falls sick and the animals decide to return the favour.

Moral of the story:It teaches the kids to be selfless and that if you are kind to others, they will be kind to you too.

Age Range: 2 - 6 years

Grade Level: Preschool - 1

No. of pages:32 pages

4. 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 just by spreading kindness in the world.

Age Range:4 - 12 years

Grade Level:2 - 6

No. of pages:32 pages

5. How Kind! By Mary Murphy

This adorable book about how kindness is contagious is straightforward and simple in conveying its message. Kindness works like a domino effect in the book and results in making the day of all the animals when Hen decides to give a gift to Pig and Pig decides to do something kind for someone else.

Age Range: 2 - 5 years

No. of pages:24 pages

6. K is for Kindness by Jodie Shepherd

Elmo does good deeds around the neighbourhood to earn his Monster Scout “K is for Kindness” Badge and ultimately learns what it means to be kind and why it is important.

Age Range:3 - 7 years

No. of pages:32 pages

7. You Go First by Mercer Mayer

The book is about Little Critter who learns to put others before himself and be considerate in not only his actions but also, his words.

Age Range:3 - 7

Grade Level: Preschool - 2

No. of pages:24 pages

8. 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

9. The Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña

A grandmother teaches her grandson to look at the bright side of life, instead of being pessimistic.

Moral of the story:This books covers messages of kindness, optimism and being kind to the less fortunate.

Age Range:3 - 5 years

Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten

No. of pages:32 pages

10. 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

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