Picture Books that Inspire Kindness

Celebrate World Kindness Day on November 13 with picture books that inspire acts of kindness.

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The Kindness Book by Todd Parr
Looks at different ways to show kindness, including choosing kind words, giving compliments, and offering help without being asked.

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Kindness Makes the World Go Round by Craig Manning
Elmo’s mom surprised him with a camera for World Kindness Day and asked him to find kindness on Sesame Street! Journey with Elmo and his friends to discover how kindness makes the world go ’round!

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Finding Kindness by Deborah Underwood
Illustrations and rhyming text describe acts of kindness and community.

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Tomorrow I’ll Be Kind by Jessica Hische
Illustrations by a lettering artist and easy-to-read text reveal ways to be helpful, patient, gentle, honest, generous, grateful, and especially kind. This book is a reminder to all readers, young and old, that the smallest kind gesture can make the biggest difference in the world — we just have to remember to be kind to one another.

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Pete the Cat’s Groovy Guide to Kindness by James Dean
A collection of quotes by famous notables, including Henry James, Booker T. Washington, and Judy Blume, echoes Pete the Cat’s thoughts on kindness.

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Pass It On by Sophy Henn
Illustrations and rhythmic text encourage the reader to relish and pass along smiles, chuckles, and joy.

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Kindness Rules! by Eunice Moyle
From remembering to say please and thank you to standing up for the little guy, this book is a funny, playful new look at manners and why they matter.

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If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson
While planting seeds in their garden, two animals learn the value of kindness.

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I Walk With Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness by Kerasco√ęt
An elementary school girl witnesses the bullying of another girl, but she is not sure how to help.

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I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness by Susan Verde
A child starts to get carried away with worry and rushing thoughts before taking a breath, steadying, observing thoughts, feeling kindness, feeling thankful, and experiencing the world.