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12 Books on Kindness

Brother Reading a BookBook summaries originally from Amazon web page. We Choose Virtues has not personally read all of these books.  

Kindness Counts By Debby Anderson Through colorful illustrations, Scripture references, and interactive exercises, Kindness Counts! helps children learn basic math skills while teaching them the importance of kindness. They will learn that God loves them and wants them to spread his kindness and love to others, and they will see that even the smallest acts of kindness matter. Be Polite and Kind (Learning to Get Along) By Cheri J. Meiners When children are kind, courteous, and respectful, people enjoy being around them and reciprocate with the same behavior. This book helps kids understand the importance of showing politeness, speaking kindly, using basic courtesies (“please,” “thank you,” “excuse me”), and respecting the feelings of others. How Full Is Your Bucket? By Tom Rath Organized around a simple metaphor of a dipper and a bucket --- already familiar to thousands of people --- How Full is Your Bucket? shows how even the smallest interactions we have with others every day profoundly affect our relationships, productivity, health, and longevity. Being Kind Pb (Growing Up) By Janine Amos Provides examples and tips for being kind to someone who seems worried or alone. Kids' Random Acts of Kindness  Published by Conari Press An inspirational collection of heartwarming stories from kids of all ages The Berenstain Bears: Kindness Counts (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights) By Jan Berenstain Brother Bear loves everything to do with model airplanes, whether it's building, fixing, or flying them. But when he shares one of his prized planes with a younger cub will his kindness be returned? The Kindness Quilt By Nancy Elizabeth Wallace Minna puts a lot of thought into her Kindness Project for school, and, when she starts writing, drawing, and cutting, a brilliant idea takes shape and spreads throughout the whole school! Kindness Is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler By Margery Cuyler Kindness is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler is about a teacher that gets upset about her students being mean to one another and gives them an assignment to go home and be kind. The next day during show and tell Mrs. Ruler asks her students to tell the class how they were kind. Mrs. Ruler then wants the kids to be kind in school, and then in their communities. I love the concept of the book and it has a great message, but the book tended to drag on forever. It seemed as though the author tried to pack so much information into one book, and it was an overload. I almost read this book during an observation, and I’m glad I didn't. A Little Book of Manners: Courtesy & Kindness for Young Ladies By Emilie Barnes Following in the footsteps of the popular Let's Have a Tea Party! Book, Emilie Barnes introduces children to good manners. Fascinating facts explain why we follow certain rules, and helpful hints demonstrate courtesy in a child-friendly way. Have You Filled a Bucket Today? By Carol McCloud Through sweet, simple prose and vivid illustrations, this heartwarming book encourages positive behavior as children see how very easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation and love on a daily basis. This wonderful book is a winner of seven awards. The Kindness of Children By Vivian Gussin Paley Visiting a London nursery school, Vivian Paley observes the schoolchildren's reception of another visitor, a handicapped boy named Teddy, who is strapped into a wheelchair, wearing a helmet, and barely able to speak. A predicament arises, and the children's response--simple and immediate--offers Paley the purest evidence of kindness she has ever seen. Tale of the Poisonous Yuck Bugs: Based on Proverbs 12:18 By Aaron Reynolds Sometimes thoughtless words just slip out...Children can understand God's plan for our spoken words when they see how a pair of name-callers almost learn their lesson the hard way.

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