Simply reading a book can spread kindness. Check out our kind picks for all ages!
The Kind Knight
by Kelly Airhart
Meet the Kind Knight. He is brave. He is nice. And even when it’s not easy, he always does what is right! Join him and his friends on their journey to stop the tears of the disappointed dragon. Learn the importance of patience and consideration. And as always, stay kind.
The Quiltmaker’s Gift
by Jeff Brumbeau
When a generous quiltmaker finally agrees to make a quilt for a greedy king, but only under certain conditions, she causes him to undergo a change of heart. Each page highlights a different quilt block pattern whose name relates to the unfolding story.
Arnie and the New Kid
by Nancy Carlson
Top cat Arnie teases Philip because he is confined to a wheelchair. Yet when Arnie falls down the school steps and breaks a leg, twists a wrist, and sprains a tail, he begins to see life from a different perspective.
Kindness Is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler
by Margery Cuyler
Mrs. Ruler is about to teach her class a new golden rule: kindness is cool. From clearing the table after dinner, to helping the elderly, one kindergarten class is proving that kids really can make a difference. Can all their good deeds really add up to 100 acts of kindness?
I See Kindness Everywhere
by Shelley Frost
Where do you see kindness? No matter who we are or where we come from, when we take a moment to look around, we can see kindness everywhere. With an engaging message and vibrant illustrations, this little book can help children learn how to notice and appreciate everyday blessings.
Aldo Ice Cream
by Johanna Hurwitz
Nine-year-old Aldo discovers the pleasures of doing volunteer work to help the older citizens of the community and the satisfactions of earning his first money on his own for unselfish reasons.
Have You Filled a Bucket Today?: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids
by Carol McCloud
Through simple prose and vivid illustrations,this heartwarming book encourages positive behavior as children see how rewarding it is to express daily kindness, appreciation, and love. Bucket filling and dipping are effective metaphors for understanding the effects of our actions and words on the well being of others and ourselves.
Celia and the Sweet Sweet Water
by Katherine Paterson
When Celia’s mother falls ill, she sets out to find the sweet water of her mother’s childhood. Along the way, she meets several unhappy creatures: a wild child of the woods; a sobbing, wretched woman of the water; and a mad man of the mountain. Through kindness and enormous generosity, Celia manages not only to complete her quest, but to dissolve the sorrow of the three souls she has encountered on her journey.
Kindness Boomerang: How to Save the World (and Yourself) Through 365 Daily Acts
by Orly Wahba
Kindness Boomerang contains 365 daily acts, one for each day of the year, accompanied by inspirational quotes, personal stories on the power of paying it forward, and tangible steps to change your outlook on life. This book empowers you to bring positivity into your everyday life and the lives of those around you.
Congratulations, By the Way: Some Thoughts on Kindness
by George Sanders
Saunders’s words tap into a desire in all of us to lead kinder, more fulfilling lives. Powerful, funny, and wise, Congratulations, by the way is an inspiring message from one of today’s most influential and original writers.
The Kindness of Strangers: Penniless Across America
by Mike McIntyre
Stuck in a job he no longer found fulfilling, journalist Mike McIntyre felt his life was quickly passing him by. So, one day he hit the road to trek from one end of the country to the other with little more than the clothes on his back and without a single penny in his pocket. Through his travels, he found varying degrees of kindness in strangers from all walks of life–and discovered more about people and values and life on the road in America than he’d ever thought possible.
Kindness for Weakness
by Shawn Goodman
In an environment where kindness equals weakness, how do those who care survive? Shawn Goodman will capture your heart with this gritty, honest, and moving story about a boy struggling to learn about friendship, brotherhood, and manhood in a society where violence is the answer to every problem.
Pay it Forward
by Catherine Hyde
When his teacher sets a challenge to his class to come up with a plan to change the world for the better, twelve-year-old Trevor McKinney’s idea is simple: Do a good deed for three people and ask each of them to “pay it forward” to three others who need help. Soon, a vast movement of kindness and goodwill begins to spread beyond Trevor’s small California town and across the world.
Words Wound: Delete Cyberbullying and Make Kindness Go Viral
by Justin Patchin
Many books have been written for adults about what cyberbullying is and what to do about it, but nothing has been written specifically for teens to help them to protect themselves and their peers. Written by the foremost experts in cyberbullying prevention and reviewed by teens, this book provides practical strategies for those who are being cyberbullied, seeing cyberbullying, or who just want to do something to help make their schools a safer and more respectful place.
by R. J. Palacio
August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school―until now. He’s about to enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid, then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?
The Wisdom of Compassion: Stories of Remarkable Encounters and Timeless Insights
by H. H. Dalai Lama and Victor Chan
The Wisdom of Compassion offers rare insights into the Dalai Lama’s life and his efforts to translate compassion into action through deeply engaging, behind-the-scene stories about his interactions with remarkable people from all walks of life.
Leading with Kindness: How Good People Consistently Get Superior Results
by William F. Baker
Old-fashioned images of corporate callousness and greed have been replaced by a gentler, more human conception of great leadership. But how does one define “kindness” in the context of business? Far from presenting a naive idea of kindness, this eye-opening book identifies the surprising attributes successful “kind” leaders share.
The Book of Virtues
by William Bennett
Responsibility. Courage. Compassion. Honesty. Friendship. Persistence. Faith. Everyone recognizes these traits as essentials of good character. In order for our children to develop such traits, we have to offer them examples of good and bad, right and wrong. And the best places to find them are in great works of literature and exemplary stories from history. The Book of Virtues is a book the whole family can read and enjoy — and learn from — together.
by Galit Breen
If kindness wins, accountability rules. The need for this mantra is never clearer than when scrolling through posts and comments online. Approximately four out of ten kids (42 percent) have experienced cyberbullying. Breen took a look at social media as a mom and as a teacher and quickly realized that there’s a ridiculous amount of kindness terrain to teach and explain to kids―and some adults―before letting them loose online. So she took to her pen and wrote a how-to book for parents who are tackling this issue with their kids.
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Celebrating People Who Make a Difference
by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Peter Vegso, and Theresa Peluso.
Chicken Soup for the Soul® Celebrating People Who Make a Difference reveals a side of humanity we rarely see heralded on the evening news. This inspiring collection of stories chronicles the small kindnesses that make a huge difference, the ordinary experiences that have profound impact, and the defining moments that change the lives of everyday people.
Random Acts of Kindness
by The Editors of Conari Press
The inspiration for the kindness movement, Random Acts of Kindness is an antidote for a weary world. Its true stories, thoughtful quotations, and suggestions for generosity inspire readers to live more compassionately in this beautiful new edition.
Love Kindness: Discover the Power of a Forgotten Christian Virtue
by Barry H. Corey
Kindness is not what we have been taught it is. It isn’t a soft virtue, expressed only by sweet grandmothers or nice Boy Scouts. Kindness is neither timid nor frail. Instead, it is brave and daring, willing to be vulnerable with those with whom we disagree. It is a revolutionary way to live. A way full of selfless risks, staggering hope, and authenticity.
The Power of Kindness: The Unexpected Benefits of Leading a Compassionate Life
by Piero Ferrucci
Piero Ferrucci explores the many surprising facets of kindness and argues that it is this trait that will not only lead to our own individual happiness and the happiness of those around us, but will guide us in a world that has become cold, anxious, difficult, and frightening.
Give and Take
by Adam Grant
It turns out that at work, most people operate as either takers, matchers, or givers. Whereas takers strive to get as much as possible from others and matchers aim to trade evenly, givers are the rare breed of people who contribute to others without expecting anything in return. Grant shows that these styles have a surprising impact on success. Although some givers get exploited and burn out, the rest achieve extraordinary results across a wide range of industries.
Do the KIND Thing
by Daniel Lubetzky
In Do the KIND Thing, Lubetzky shares the revolutionary principles that have shaped KIND’s business model and led to its success, while offering an unfiltered and intensely personal look into the mind of a pioneering social entrepreneur. Engaging and inspirational, Do the KIND Thing shows how the power of AND worked wonders for one company—and could empower the next generation of social entrepreneurs to improve their bottom line andchange the world.
The Happiness Project
by Gretchen Rubin
The Happiness Project is the engaging, relatable and inspiring result of the author’s twelve-month adventure in becoming a happier person. Written with a wicked sense of humour and sharp insight, Gretchen Rubin’s story will inspire readers to embrace the pleasure in their lives and remind them how to have fun.
The Power of Nice: How to Conquer the Business World With Kindness
by Linda Kaplan Thaler
Where so many companies encourage a dog eat dog mentality, the Kaplan Thaler Group has succeeded through chocolate and flowers. In The Power of Nice, through their own experiences and the stories of other people and businesses, they demonstrate why, contrary to conventional wisdom, nice people finish first.
Why Kindness is Good For You
by David R. Hamilton, PhD
Scientific evidence has proven that kindness changes the brain, impacts the heart and immune system, and may even be an antidote to depression. We’re actually genetically wired to be kind. In this book, inspirational ex-scientist David Hamilton shows that kindness has evolved in us and thus its effects are felt daily throughout our nervous systems.