Hooked on Books – Teach Kids to Sprinkle Kindness like Confetti
Celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Day
I love the popular saying, ‘Sprinkle kindness like confetti.’ It’s also a teacher favourite, popularly displayed on classroom doors (including at my son’s school). While the month of February is famous for love and friendship, it is also host to Random Acts of Kindness Day on the 17th of February.
In my opinion, children can never experience too much kindness. While there are countless ways to encourage empathy, compassion, and thoughtfulness, I believe books are great tools to reinforce and celebrate these themes.
Here are 4 sweet suggestions that will inspire kindness:
Dr. Seuss’s You Are Kind: Featuring Horton the Elephant
By Dr. Seuss
Ages: 3 – 7
This tiny book has a big message told by Horton the elephant: “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”
It’s a great intro for little learners about the qualities of kindness, and it’s also a wonderful gift for fans of the Dr. Seuss kindness classic, Horton Hears a Who!
Ages: 4 – 8
This unique children’s book is told without words, and entirely with pictures.
It follows Vanessa, the new girl in school, who experiences bullying and loneliness.
A caring classmate at school notices and with a simple act, influences a positive change.
Written by Kristi Yamaguchi, Illustrated by John Lee
Ages: 4 – 8
The back of the book also outlines helpful tips about bullying for both children and adults. It’s a feel-good story that promotes how a supportive bystander can make a difference by making kindness contagious.
This picture book is perfect for illustrating the pay it forward message to children. Fun fact: the author is ice-skating champion Kristi Yamaguchi.
In this story, Cara is one caring cat, and it will come as no surprise that she likes to skate.
She also strives to pass on kindness to her friends. Her positive attitude inspires other good deeds until ultimately, returning full circle to Cara. This pick is ideal for Random Acts of Kindness Day and all-year long.
Written by R.J. Palacio
Ages: 8 – 12
Wonder, with its core message to “choose kind,” has a permanent space on my bookshelf. I have featured it before, but given the nature of this issue, I wanted to share it with you again.
This chapter book follows the personal journey of fifth grader Auggie Pullman, who was born with a facial deformity and hopes to be treated like a regular kid.
For readers who want to delve deeper, the original is also followed by three equally special companion books.