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BOOKS ABOUT KINDNESS
  • A Home for a Bird

    by Philip Stead
    beautiful story about friendship and the lengths one will go to to help another! Author Philip Stead has penned a beautiful read to help model for students what kindness, compassion and empathy all rolled into one look like through actions and thoughtfulness. A beautiful read aloud!
  • A Girl with a Cape

    by Amy Logan
    Kindness is at the heart of A Girl With a Cape. Much like Life Vest Inside’s Kindness Boomerang, author Amy Logan shows the ripple effect of one small act of kindness. This is a perfect story to share with students to highlight the power of kindness in easy to implement ways (we also love the girl power). Visit Amy Logan’s A Girl With a Cape website for free teaching resources HERE.
  • Because Amelia Smiled

    by David Ezra Stein
    Teachers will find Because Amelia Smiled an excellent read aloud to exemplify and spark conversation about the way(s) a seemingly small act of kindness can make someone else happy and spread kindness throughout the world. A beautiful read about the power of kindness.
  • Ben Rides On

    by Matt Davies
    A laughable read aloud with a powerful message, Ben loses his bike to a bully to find through kindness and compassion friends can be made through a tough experience. Perhaps this is a perfect read for those little squabbles happening in your classroom? This leaves giggles and a moral that empowers!
  • Chester’s Way

    by Kevin Henkes
    When a new student enters the classroom, the community in the group can shift. Chester’s Way is a beautiful read aloud to show how inviting others to be part of the classroom community makes it better – instead of more difficult. A great beginning of the year read aloud too to focus on compassion and kindness! audio Listen to the story being read aloud by actors from the Screen Actors Guild and download a FREE Activity Guide on Storyline Online (storylineonline.net) here: http://www.storylineonline.net/chesters-way/
  • Chrysanthemum

    by Kevin Henkes
    This humorous book is a year-round go-to for starting and expanding conversations about teasing, self-esteem, empathy and acceptance. There’s never a wrong time to bring the Chrysanthemum lesson into the mix.
  • Do Unto Otters

    by Laurie Keller
    Following the “golden rule” we must “do unto…well, in this case, otters.” It’s a fun read aloud with an important message: Treat others the way you want to be treated. An excellent tale that keeps kids attention and starts exception conversations about kindness.
  • Each Kindness

    by Jaqueline Woodson
    Winner of the Coretta Scott King award and others, Each Kindness include breathtaking illustrations and a seminal anti-bullying message putting the focus on kindness. Wonderful book when a new child enters your class, but it’s an always-perfect read to reinforce compassion and empathy as well!
  • Enemy Pie

    by Derek Munson
    Enemy Pie will get your children giggling and thinking about friendship differently. The spin on how to make “enemy pie” might be the perfect activity in your own classroom. A lesson in a book – sure to leave your children dishing up double doses of healthy enemy pie. audio Listen to the story being read aloud by actors from the Screen Actors Guild and download a FREE Activity Guide on Storyline Online (storylineonline.net) here: http://www.storylineonline.net/enemy-pie/
  • Guji Guji

    by Chih-Yuan Chen
    Reinforcing the idea of loyalty and family, Guji Guji is also the perfect book to help raise self-value and self-confidence. It’s important to be who you are and celebrate who you are! A must read for those who are lacking in the self-confidence aisle. audio Listen to the story being read aloud by actors from the Screen Actors Guild and download a FREE Activity Guide on Storyline Online (storylineonline.net) here: http://www.storylineonline.net/guji-guji/
  • Hank Finds an Egg

    by Rebecca Dudley
    Dudley’s wordless picture book screams kindness! When he finds an egg out of its nest, Hank stops at nothing to get the egg safely home. Compassion for others is at the heart of this tale, offering others the invitation to reflect on believing in the goodness of self and others.
  • Have you Filled a Bucket Today?

    by Carol McCloud
    Author, Carol McCloud, uses filling a bucket as a metaphor for helping children understand the importance of adding kindness to the world. This is an exemplary story to help children understand how their words and actions can have a positive or negative affect on others and on themselves.
  • How Full is Your Bucket?

    by Tom Rath
    Organized around a simple metaphor of a bucket, author Tom Rath shows children how they can help promote happiness through using kind words and showing compassion.  This is a great book to expand childrens’ understanding of how their actions make a difference in the world today and how there is always a choice when they encountering someone knew; to either “fill” their bucket with kind words and deeds or “empty” the buckets with unkind words and deeds.
  • How Kind!

    by Mary Murphy
    Teachers will enjoy Mary Murphy’s, How Kind. This is a great read to grow discussions about the importance of being kind and compassionate to others. With colorful illustrations, it exemplifies how kind gestures can lead to a domino effect of kindness – a beautiful compliment to Life Vest Inside’s Kindness Boomerang video.
  • How to Heal a Broken Wing

    by Bob Graham
    When a bird is injured in a crowded downtown, who is willing to notice (and even more, stop and help)? This is an incredibly moving read to show children how caring and empathy towards those more vulnerable can change the lives of others. A chill-giving read, as illustrations tell a story themselves too, it’s a must for all classrooms focused on growing kindness.
  • Miss Rumphius

    by Barbara Cooney
    We meet Miss Rumphius as a young girl; her grandfather tells her he wants her to make the world more beautiful.  As the book progresses, Miss Rumphius follows in her grandfather’s footsteps, living his request to spread more beauty throughout the world with kindness. We leave her passing the same message to her niece.  This is an amazing book to help show children that they can make a difference in the world. Read this book for FREE online at We Give Books (www.wegivebooks.org) and another book is donated to a location in need! http://www.wegivebooks.org/books/miss-rumphius.
  • Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale

    by John Steptoe
    This beautifully retold Cinderella tale exemplifies what kindness and compassion can do. Good actions and love are what best describes Nyasha , one of  Mufaro’s daughter. She is steadfastly compassionate to all - even to those others ignore in society. The juxtaposition of what happens by being kind is just like Life Vest Inside’s Kindness Boomerang video: What goes around, comes around.
  • My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother

    by Patricia Polacco
    A beautifully crafted story by Patricia Polacco about getting along. Siblings Trish and Richard have lessons to learn - just like relationships of students in our own classrooms. Richard is always outdoing Trish.  But what will Richard do when Trish gets hurt during one of their competitive activities?  This is a great story to show how an act of kindness can make a difference, which can even lead to changing a relationship! audio Listen to the story being read aloud by actors from the Screen Actors Guild and download a FREE Activity Guide on Storyline Online (storylineonline.net) here: http://www.storylineonline.net/my-rotten-redheaded-older-brother/
  • Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed

    by Emily Pearson
    Mary decides to perform a simple act of kindness for her neighbor that results in a ripple effect of kindness throughout her whole neighborhood. A perfect compliment to Life Vest Inside’s Kindness Boomerang video, the text exemplifies how one act of kindness can change the world.
  • Paulie Pastrami Achieves World Peace

    by James Proimo
    Paulie Pastrami isn’t the coolest kid in class, but his goal to change the world is amazing! Building self-value in your students who could use a boost of confidence, this story shows how anyone can offer acts of kindness – and celebrates just how easy it really is!
  • Peace

    by Wendy Anderson Halperin
    The beautiful artwork and inspiring text will leave your students reflecting on the power of peace – and where it begins – within ourselves. Celebrating empowering quotes from others, children will love borrowing this book from your shelves!
  • Romeow & Drooliet

    by Nina Laden
    Romeow & Drooliet is an exemplary text highlighting the ways extending kindness, compassion and empathy can change others’ lives. The unlikely cat and dog duo, Romeow and Drooliet, defy other’s opinions about their relationship because of their differences. In this case, kindness, respect and equity win and differences are celebrated! A hilarious read aloud for young children! audio Listen to the story being read aloud by actors from the Screen Actors Guild and download a FREE Activity Guide on Storyline Online (storylineonline.net) here: http://www.storylineonline.net/romeow-drooliet/
  • Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch

    by Eileen Spinelli
    Leading a life full of kindness and love is celebrated in Spinelli’s Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch. One random act of kindness creates a ripple effect of love and compassion. Much like Life Vest Inside’s Kindness Boomerang video, this would be a great read aloud to extend conversation after watching! audio Listen to the story being read aloud by actors from the Screen Actors Guild and download a FREE Activity Guide on Storyline Online (storylineonline.net) here: http://www.storylineonline.net/somebody-loves-you-mr-hatch/
  • Sophie’s Masterpiece

    by Mem Fox
    Sophie is a spider who always feels rejected. Some are scared, angry or disgusted with her spider presence.  Spending most of her time in the shadow of others, at last Sophie finds someone kind and compassionate. This kindness grows into a friendship where acceptance and support for each other changes lives. Mem Fox pens a beautifully crafted read aloud to start conversations about acceptance and kindness. audio Listen to the story being read aloud by actors from the Screen Actors Guild and download a FREE Activity Guide on Storyline Online (storylineonline.net) here: http://www.storylineonline.net/sophies-masterpiece/
  • Splat Says Thank You!

    by Rob Scotton
    A perfect book to show your children the power and importance of compassion and empathy. When Splat’s friend, Seymour, is ill, Splat is determined to make his feel better. An excellent read for exemplifying an easy way to extend kindness and uplift another.
  • Stellaluna

    by Janell Cannon
    When baby bat, Stellaluna, finds herself in a bird’s nest, Mother bird shows kindness and compassion by accepting her as a part of their family. Through the friendship of the three little birds and Stellaluna we learn that everyone is unique and that uniqueness should be celebrated. audio Listen to the story being read aloud by actors from the Screen Actors Guild and download a FREE Activity Guide on Storyline Online (storylineonline.net) here: http://www.storylineonline.net/stellaluna/
  • Thank You, Mr. Falker

    by Patricia Polacco
    A true story of Patricia Polacco’s past, teacher Mr. Falker’s belief and support change a life. When Polacco was young she struggled with reading. Mr. Falker went the extra mile to help her believe in herself and gave her enough confidence to be able to read. This is a beautiful story for all children struggling through any aspect of school. audio Listen to the story being read aloud by actors from the Screen Actors Guild and download a FREE Activity Guide on Storyline Online (storylineonline.net) here: http://www.storylineonline.net/thank-you-mr-falker-2/
  • The Butterfly

    by Patricia Polacco
    A historic fiction picture book, Polacco crafts a text about a unlikely friendship during WWII and the Nazi era. This text reminds us about compassion and kindness that don’t judge – and responsibility to empower all.
  • The Dot

    by Peter Reynolds
    Peter Reynolds pens beautifully crafted books based on kindness, compassion, and empathy. In the Dot, main character, Vashti, experiences self-doubt. The ultimate empowerer, Vashti’s teacher, helps her see her gifts in a new light. With new confidence, Vashti now inspires others. The Dot is a beautiful text to share with students to help students examine their strengths and ways they can support others.
  • The Giving Tree

    by Shel Silverstein
    Shel Silverstein shares a classic book about the power of giving. It is also a poignant text exemplifying the importance of recognizing kindness as its extended - as an invitation for us to give back as well. This is a perfect text to read aloud and extend conversations about seeking and reciprocating kindness.
BOOKS ABOUT EMPATHY
  • A Chair for My Mother

    by Vera B. Williams
    Vera B. Williams tells a heartwarming story about getting through tough times and the power of uniting as a community. When Rosa and her family lost all of their belongings in a house fire, their community showed great compassion and empathy to get their family back on their feet. The text exemplifies how a compassion and empathy can gives people hope when all is seemingly lost.
  • Ben Rides On

    by Matt Davies
    A laughable read aloud with a powerful message, Ben loses his bike to a bully to find through kindness and compassion friends can be made through a tough experience. Perhaps this is a perfect read for those little squabbles happening in your classroom? This leaves giggles and a moral that empowers!
  • Each Kindness

    by Jaqueline Woodson
    Winner of the Coretta Scott King award and others, Each Kindness include breathtaking illustrations and a seminal anti-bullying message putting the focus on kindness. Wonderful book when a new child enters your class, but it’s an always-perfect read to reinforce compassion and empathy as well!
  • Enemy Pie

    by Derek Munson
    Enemy Pie will get your children giggling and thinking about friendship differently. The spin on how to make “enemy pie” might be the perfect activity in your own classroom. A lesson in a book – sure to leave your children dishing up double doses of healthy enemy pie. audio Listen to the story being read aloud by actors from the Screen Actors Guild and download a FREE Activity Guide on Storyline Online (storylineonline.net) here: http://www.storylineonline.net/enemy-pie/
  • Horton Hears a Who

    by Dr. Seuss
    A beautifully crafted story about standing up for others and making kind choices. The book emphasizes the quote “a person is a person, no matter how small.”   Dr. Seuss does it again; exemplifying why it’s important to be kind and stand up for others.
  • How to Heal a Broken Wing

    by Bob Graham
    When a bird is injured in a crowded downtown, who is willing to notice (and even more, stop and help)? This is an incredibly moving read to show children how caring and empathy towards those more vulnerable can change the lives of others. A chill-giving read, as illustrations tell a story themselves too, it’s a must for all classrooms focused on growing kindness.
  • Peace

    by Wendy Anderson Halperin
    The beautiful artwork and inspiring text will leave your students reflecting on the power of peace – and where it begins – within ourselves. Celebrating empowering quotes from others, children will love borrowing this book from your shelves!
  • Romeow & Drooliet

    by Nina Laden
    Romeow & Drooliet is an exemplary text highlighting the ways extending kindness, compassion and empathy can change others’ lives. The unlikely cat and dog duo, Romeow and Drooliet, defy other’s opinions about their relationship because of their differences. In this case, kindness, respect and equity win and differences are celebrated! A hilarious read aloud for young children! audio Listen to the story being read aloud by actors from the Screen Actors Guild and download a FREE Activity Guide on Storyline Online (storylineonline.net) here: http://www.storylineonline.net/romeow-drooliet/
  • Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch

    by Eileen Spinelli
    Leading a life full of kindness and love is celebrated in Spinelli’s Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch. One random act of kindness creates a ripple effect of love and compassion. Much like Life Vest Inside’s Kindness Boomerang video, this would be a great read aloud to extend conversation after watching! audio Listen to the story being read aloud by actors from the Screen Actors Guild and download a FREE Activity Guide on Storyline Online (storylineonline.net) here: http://www.storylineonline.net/somebody-loves-you-mr-hatch/
  • The Butterfly

    by Patricia Polacco
    A historic fiction picture book, Polacco crafts a text about a unlikely friendship during WWII and the Nazi era. This text reminds us about compassion and kindness that don’t judge – and responsibility to empower all.
  • The Lion and the Mouse

    by Jerry Pinkney
    Jerry Pinkney’s Caldecott winning story, The Lion and the Mouse, beautifully illustrates the kindness and compassion of an unlikely friendship. With empathy extended on behalf of a lion and a mouse, children will remember unlikely duo and their actions exemplifying the ripple effect of kindness.
  • The Recess Queen

    by Alexis O’Neill
    Jean, the “recess queen” was bossy and mean. Where others steered clear of her unkind behaviors, new student Katie Sue invites her to play. The beautifully crafted story is an excellent read aloud to show how kindness is contagious and showing compassion to others can build friendships.
  • The Tooth

    by Avi Slodovnick
    This is a heart-warming story about a little girl who not only recognizes another in need, but acts upon that recognition. Hoping the tooth fairy will bring a man in need her “tooth money,” she drops her tooth into his “offering jar” instead of storing it under her pillow.  This story is an excellent example of the importance of thinking of others before yourself. It also illustrates how easy it is to support others in need - even if they are strangers. This is a great text to read before starting a service learning project in your classroom! audio Listen to the story being read aloud by actors from the Screen Actors Guild and download a FREE Activity Guide on Storyline Online (storylineonline.net) here: http://www.storylineonline.net/the-tooth/
  • To Be A Drum

    by Evelyn Coleman
    To Be a Drum is a beautifully crafted and illustrated book with a storyline that leads to conversation about the importance of kindness and compassion at its core. Highlighting the message of hope passed from generation to generation. Coleman offers a musical heartbeat of respect for the world to heart. audio Listen to the story being read aloud by actors from the Screen Actors Guild and download a FREE Activity Guide on Storyline Online (storylineonline.net) here: http://www.storylineonline.net/to-be-a-drum/
  • Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge

    by Mem Fox
    When Wilfrid Gordon hears his parents speaking about Nancy Alison Delacort Cooper’s lost of memory, he goes out on a search to find out what the word memory really means.  With every different definition that he receives, he sets out to make a memory box to give to Nancy which leads to something magical.  This is a great book to teach children that caring and kindness yield positive results. audio Listen to the story being read aloud by actors from the Screen Actors Guild and download a FREE Activity Guide on Storyline Online (storylineonline.net) here: http://www.storylineonline.net/wilfrid-gordon-mcdonald-partridge/
  • The Giving Me

    by Lydia Criss Mays

    S K C E

    The the only children's book on the market that helps children explore and understand organ donation. Within each page, Readers - both young and older-ish - experience the ways giving comes full circle and ultimately saves lives. The Giving Me helps young children understand the importance of giving and empowers them to make a difference in the world. The book includes a children's activity guide written by the founder of Life Vest Inside, Orly Wahba.
  • Made by Raffi

    by Craig Pomraz

    S K C E

    Pomraz wrote the book to support children who are perceived as "different" because of their appearance or hobbies. It is a funny colorful book with a serious message and will interest those who care about promoting diversity and embracing our differences, as well as all children seeking to fit in.
BOOKS ABOUT SELF-VALUE
  • A Girl with a Cape

    by Amy Logan
    Kindness is at the heart of A Girl With a Cape. Much like Life Vest Inside’s Kindness Boomerang, author Amy Logan shows the ripple effect of one small act of kindness. This is a perfect story to share with students to highlight the power of kindness in easy to implement ways (we also love the girl power). Visit Amy Logan’s A Girl With a Cape website for free teaching resources HERE.
  • A Bad Case of the Stripes

    by David Shannon
    A well-crafted, whimsically illustrated story about self-value. When Camilla is embarrassed by her peers for loving lima beans, she begins to doubt herself in many ways. Author and Illustrator, David Shannon, created an excellent text for children, young and old, who need a reminder that believing in him/herself is seminal. audio Listen to the story being read aloud by actors from the Screen Actors Guild and download a FREE Activity Guide on Storyline Online (storylineonline.net) here: http://www.storylineonline.net/a-bad-case-of-stripes/
  • Ben Rides On

    by Matt Davies
    A laughable read aloud with a powerful message, Ben loses his bike to a bully to find through kindness and compassion friends can be made through a tough experience. Perhaps this is a perfect read for those little squabbles happening in your classroom? This leaves giggles and a moral that empowers!
  • Chrysanthemum

    by Kevin Henkes
    This humorous book is a year-round go-to for starting and expanding conversations about teasing, self-esteem, empathy and acceptance. There’s never a wrong time to bring the Chrysanthemum lesson into the mix.
  • Enemy Pie

    by Derek Munson
    Enemy Pie will get your children giggling and thinking about friendship differently. The spin on how to make “enemy pie” might be the perfect activity in your own classroom. A lesson in a book – sure to leave your children dishing up double doses of healthy enemy pie. audio Listen to the story being read aloud by actors from the Screen Actors Guild and download a FREE Activity Guide on Storyline Online (storylineonline.net) here: http://www.storylineonline.net/enemy-pie/
  • Guji Guji

    by Chih-Yuan Chen
    Reinforcing the idea of loyalty and family, Guji Guji is also the perfect book to help raise self-value and self-confidence. It’s important to be who you are and celebrate who you are! A must read for those who are lacking in the self-confidence aisle. audio Listen to the story being read aloud by actors from the Screen Actors Guild and download a FREE Activity Guide on Storyline Online (storylineonline.net) here: http://www.storylineonline.net/guji-guji/
  • Harry and the Dirty Dog

    by Gene Zion
    Harry and the Dirty Dog: A story that tests character.  Harry the dog hates baths, but what happens when his family cannot recognize him after a day of innocent mischief? A great read aloud for teachers to teach kids how sometimes it is necessary to put your own feelings aside for those you care about. audio Listen to the story being read aloud by actors from the Screen Actors Guild and download a FREE Activity Guide on Storyline Online (storylineonline.net) here: http://www.storylineonline.net/harry-the-dirty-dog/
  • Horton Hears a Who

    by Dr. Seuss
    A beautifully crafted story about standing up for others and making kind choices. The book emphasizes the quote “a person is a person, no matter how small.”   Dr. Seuss does it again; exemplifying why it’s important to be kind and stand up for others.
  • Madeline

    by Ludwig Bemelmans
    A story about twelve girls living under the same roof in Paris.  One of the girls, Madeline, becomes ill and needs surgery.  How do those she loves act in her time of need? This is a classic children’s book showing the power of friendship and the importance of supporting others.

    Read this book for FREE online at We Give Books (www.wegivebooks.org) and another book is donated to a location in need! http://www.wegivebooks.org/books/madeline.

  • Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale

    by John Steptoe
    This beautifully retold Cinderella tale exemplifies what kindness and compassion can do. Good actions and love are what best describes Nyasha , one of  Mufaro’s daughter. She is steadfastly compassionate to all - even to those others ignore in society. The juxtaposition of what happens by being kind is just like Life Vest Inside’s Kindness Boomerang video: What goes around, comes around.
  • My Name is Yoon

    by Helen Recorvits
    Yoon is a young child who moved from Korea to America with her family.  At the start of the school year Yoon doesn’t feel like she belongs in America, and wishes to go back to Korea where she knew she was liked by everyone.  Author, Helen Recorvits, pens a beautiful book about what it feels like to be new, and ways we can welcome others to our community who may not feel they have a place.
  • No Mirrors In My Nana’s House

    by Ysaye M Barnwell
    With mirrors often comes judgment at the reflection staring back. Without mirrors in a young girl’s Nana’s house, she sees the world through a non-judgmental way. Even better, she comes to see beautiful in everything - even trash! For teachers, it’s an excellent read to share the message that there is so much good in every nook and cranny. In truth, it is a great reminder for adults too: The way we understand the world has everything to do with the way we choose to see it. audio Listen to the story being read aloud by actors from the Screen Actors Guild and download a FREE Activity Guide on Storyline Online (storylineonline.net) here: http://www.storylineonline.net/no-mirrors-in-my-nanas-house/
  • Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed

    by Emily Pearson
    Mary decides to perform a simple act of kindness for her neighbor that results in a ripple effect of kindness throughout her whole neighborhood. A perfect compliment to Life Vest Inside’s Kindness Boomerang video, the text exemplifies how one act of kindness can change the world.
  • Paulie Pastrami Achieves World Peace

    by James Proimo
    Paulie Pastrami isn’t the coolest kid in class, but his goal to change the world is amazing! Building self-value in your students who could use a boost of confidence, this story shows how anyone can offer acts of kindness – and celebrates just how easy it really is!
  • Peace

    by Wendy Anderson Halperin
    The beautiful artwork and inspiring text will leave your students reflecting on the power of peace – and where it begins – within ourselves. Celebrating empowering quotes from others, children will love borrowing this book from your shelves!
  • Sebastian’s Roller Skates

    by Joan De Deu Prats
    Sebastian was a shy boy who was afraid to talk to other until one day he found a pair of rollerskates on a bench that changed his life. With practice, his confidence grew. With confidence he came to recognize his strengths. His new found confidence allowed him to reach out and support others. Much like Peter Reynolds, The Dot, Sebastian’s Roller Skates exemplifies the importance of recognizing one’s own value. A great read for children who need a boost of confidence! audio Listen to the story being read aloud by actors from the Screen Actors Guild and download a FREE Activity Guide on Storyline Online (storylineonline.net) here: http://www.storylineonline.net/sebastians-roller-skates/
  • Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch

    by Eileen Spinelli
    Leading a life full of kindness and love is celebrated in Spinelli’s Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch. One random act of kindness creates a ripple effect of love and compassion. Much like Life Vest Inside’s Kindness Boomerang video, this would be a great read aloud to extend conversation after watching! audio Listen to the story being read aloud by actors from the Screen Actors Guild and download a FREE Activity Guide on Storyline Online (storylineonline.net) here: http://www.storylineonline.net/somebody-loves-you-mr-hatch/
  • Sophie’s Masterpiece

    by Mem Fox
    Sophie is a spider who always feels rejected. Some are scared, angry or disgusted with her spider presence.  Spending most of her time in the shadow of others, at last Sophie finds someone kind and compassionate. This kindness grows into a friendship where acceptance and support for each other changes lives. Mem Fox pens a beautifully crafted read aloud to start conversations about acceptance and kindness. audio Listen to the story being read aloud by actors from the Screen Actors Guild and download a FREE Activity Guide on Storyline Online (storylineonline.net) here: http://www.storylineonline.net/sophies-masterpiece/
  • Stellaluna

    by Janell Cannon
    When baby bat, Stellaluna, finds herself in a bird’s nest, Mother bird shows kindness and compassion by accepting her as a part of their family. Through the friendship of the three little birds and Stellaluna we learn that everyone is unique and that uniqueness should be celebrated. audio Listen to the story being read aloud by actors from the Screen Actors Guild and download a FREE Activity Guide on Storyline Online (storylineonline.net) here: http://www.storylineonline.net/stellaluna/
  • Thank You, Mr. Falker

    by Patricia Polacco
    A true story of Patricia Polacco’s past, teacher Mr. Falker’s belief and support change a life. When Polacco was young she struggled with reading. Mr. Falker went the extra mile to help her believe in herself and gave her enough confidence to be able to read. This is a beautiful story for all children struggling through any aspect of school. audio Listen to the story being read aloud by actors from the Screen Actors Guild and download a FREE Activity Guide on Storyline Online (storylineonline.net) here: http://www.storylineonline.net/thank-you-mr-falker-2/
  • The Dot

    by Peter Reynolds
    Peter Reynolds pens beautifully crafted books based on kindness, compassion, and empathy. In the Dot, main character, Vashti, experiences self-doubt. The ultimate empowerer, Vashti’s teacher, helps her see her gifts in a new light. With new confidence, Vashti now inspires others. The Dot is a beautiful text to share with students to help students examine their strengths and ways they can support others.
  • The Kindhearted Crocodile

    by Lucia Panzieri
    The scariest looking of crocodiles has the kindest of hearts! Panzieri reminds readers that judging a book by its cover leaves us missing opportunities to build friendships. The Kindhearted Crocodile will be a beautiful visual reminder that community takes the strengths of everyone – and we all have strengths to be celebrated and respected!
  • The Listening Me

    by Lydia Criss Mays
    The importance of teaching children to listen to each other and adults is seminal. When we listen to others we learn more about them and the world. Build children’s self-confidence and remind them to listen for ways to grow kindness when sharing this book in your classroom. Even better? The book includes a children’s activity guide written by Founder of Life Vest Inside, Orly Wahba and an adult discussion guide by the Chair of Life Vest Inside’s Advisory Board, Stephen de Groot! special-note Children’s Activity Guide and Parent Discussion Guide included in the back of the book
  • The Long and the Short of It: A Tale About Hair

    by Barbara Meyers and Lydia Criss Mays
    Based on the true story of two young girls, Emma and Isabel, The Long and the Short of It: A Tale about Hair will leave children (and adults alike) moved to show kindness, compassion and empathy to others. When Emma loses her hair to cancer, she finds others are ready to give (like Isabel) to make another’s life better. The book also includes an adult discussion guide and children’s activity guide to extend conversations. special-note Children’s Activity Guide and Parent Discussion Guide included in the back of the book.
  • The Rainbow Fish

    by Marcus Pfister
    This colorful and exciting story is a great way to encourage children to share and teach them a lesson about inner beauty and happiness. When rainbow fish gave away his prized and shimmering scales to the other fish, he felt true happiness. Sharing his shimmering scales gave him a chance to find and share the shimmer of his inner beauty. Teachers will love this focus on giving and easy way to weave “rainbow fish” reminders into their own conversations about kindness, giving and sharing. audio Listen to the story being read aloud by actors from the Screen Actors Guild and download a FREE Activity Guide on Storyline Online (storylineonline.net) here: http://www.storylineonline.net/the-rainbow-fish/
  • Those Shoes

    by Maribeth Boelts
    Author Maribeth Boelts offers children a story about patience, needs and wants. Living on little, the character in the story comes to learn great appreciation for the gifts he receives. This is a great read aloud to help children put themselves in others shoes (pun intended).
  • Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge

    by Mem Fox
    When Wilfrid Gordon hears his parents speaking about Nancy Alison Delacort Cooper’s lost of memory, he goes out on a search to find out what the word memory really means.  With every different definition that he receives, he sets out to make a memory box to give to Nancy which leads to something magical.  This is a great book to teach children that caring and kindness yield positive results. audio Listen to the story being read aloud by actors from the Screen Actors Guild and download a FREE Activity Guide on Storyline Online (storylineonline.net) here: http://www.storylineonline.net/wilfrid-gordon-mcdonald-partridge/
  • The Giving Me

    by Lydia Criss Mays

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    The the only children's book on the market that helps children explore and understand organ donation. Within each page, Readers - both young and older-ish - experience the ways giving comes full circle and ultimately saves lives. The Giving Me helps young children understand the importance of giving and empowers them to make a difference in the world. The book includes a children's activity guide written by the founder of Life Vest Inside, Orly Wahba.
  • Made by Raffi

    by Craig Pomraz

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    Pomraz wrote the book to support children who are perceived as "different" because of their appearance or hobbies. It is a funny colorful book with a serious message and will interest those who care about promoting diversity and embracing our differences, as well as all children seeking to fit in.
BOOKS ABOUT COMPASSION
  • A Home for a Bird

    by Philip Stead
    beautiful story about friendship and the lengths one will go to to help another! Author Philip Stead has penned a beautiful read to help model for students what kindness, compassion and empathy all rolled into one look like through actions and thoughtfulness. A beautiful read aloud!
  • A Chair for My Mother

    by Vera B. Williams
    Vera B. Williams tells a heartwarming story about getting through tough times and the power of uniting as a community. When Rosa and her family lost all of their belongings in a house fire, their community showed great compassion and empathy to get their family back on their feet. The text exemplifies how a compassion and empathy can gives people hope when all is seemingly lost.
  • Ben Rides On

    by Matt Davies
    A laughable read aloud with a powerful message, Ben loses his bike to a bully to find through kindness and compassion friends can be made through a tough experience. Perhaps this is a perfect read for those little squabbles happening in your classroom? This leaves giggles and a moral that empowers!
  • Chester’s Way

    by Kevin Henkes
    When a new student enters the classroom, the community in the group can shift. Chester’s Way is a beautiful read aloud to show how inviting others to be part of the classroom community makes it better – instead of more difficult. A great beginning of the year read aloud too to focus on compassion and kindness! audio Listen to the story being read aloud by actors from the Screen Actors Guild and download a FREE Activity Guide on Storyline Online (storylineonline.net) here: http://www.storylineonline.net/chesters-way/
  • Do Unto Otters

    by Laurie Keller
    Following the “golden rule” we must “do unto…well, in this case, otters.” It’s a fun read aloud with an important message: Treat others the way you want to be treated. An excellent tale that keeps kids attention and starts exception conversations about kindness.
  • Each Kindness

    by Jaqueline Woodson
    Winner of the Coretta Scott King award and others, Each Kindness include breathtaking illustrations and a seminal anti-bullying message putting the focus on kindness. Wonderful book when a new child enters your class, but it’s an always-perfect read to reinforce compassion and empathy as well!
  • Enemy Pie

    by Derek Munson
    Enemy Pie will get your children giggling and thinking about friendship differently. The spin on how to make “enemy pie” might be the perfect activity in your own classroom. A lesson in a book – sure to leave your children dishing up double doses of healthy enemy pie. audio Listen to the story being read aloud by actors from the Screen Actors Guild and download a FREE Activity Guide on Storyline Online (storylineonline.net) here: http://www.storylineonline.net/enemy-pie/
  • Hank Finds an Egg

    by Rebecca Dudley
    Dudley’s wordless picture book screams kindness! When he finds an egg out of its nest, Hank stops at nothing to get the egg safely home. Compassion for others is at the heart of this tale, offering others the invitation to reflect on believing in the goodness of self and others.
  • Have you Filled a Bucket Today?

    by Carol McCloud
    Author, Carol McCloud, uses filling a bucket as a metaphor for helping children understand the importance of adding kindness to the world. This is an exemplary story to help children understand how their words and actions can have a positive or negative affect on others and on themselves.
  • How Full is Your Bucket?

    by Tom Rath
    Organized around a simple metaphor of a bucket, author Tom Rath shows children how they can help promote happiness through using kind words and showing compassion.  This is a great book to expand childrens’ understanding of how their actions make a difference in the world today and how there is always a choice when they encountering someone knew; to either “fill” their bucket with kind words and deeds or “empty” the buckets with unkind words and deeds.
  • How to Heal a Broken Wing

    by Bob Graham
    When a bird is injured in a crowded downtown, who is willing to notice (and even more, stop and help)? This is an incredibly moving read to show children how caring and empathy towards those more vulnerable can change the lives of others. A chill-giving read, as illustrations tell a story themselves too, it’s a must for all classrooms focused on growing kindness.
  • Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale

    by John Steptoe
    This beautifully retold Cinderella tale exemplifies what kindness and compassion can do. Good actions and love are what best describes Nyasha , one of  Mufaro’s daughter. She is steadfastly compassionate to all - even to those others ignore in society. The juxtaposition of what happens by being kind is just like Life Vest Inside’s Kindness Boomerang video: What goes around, comes around.
  • My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother

    by Patricia Polacco
    A beautifully crafted story by Patricia Polacco about getting along. Siblings Trish and Richard have lessons to learn - just like relationships of students in our own classrooms. Richard is always outdoing Trish.  But what will Richard do when Trish gets hurt during one of their competitive activities?  This is a great story to show how an act of kindness can make a difference, which can even lead to changing a relationship! audio Listen to the story being read aloud by actors from the Screen Actors Guild and download a FREE Activity Guide on Storyline Online (storylineonline.net) here: http://www.storylineonline.net/my-rotten-redheaded-older-brother/
  • Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed

    by Emily Pearson
    Mary decides to perform a simple act of kindness for her neighbor that results in a ripple effect of kindness throughout her whole neighborhood. A perfect compliment to Life Vest Inside’s Kindness Boomerang video, the text exemplifies how one act of kindness can change the world.
  • Romeow & Drooliet

    by Nina Laden
    Romeow & Drooliet is an exemplary text highlighting the ways extending kindness, compassion and empathy can change others’ lives. The unlikely cat and dog duo, Romeow and Drooliet, defy other’s opinions about their relationship because of their differences. In this case, kindness, respect and equity win and differences are celebrated! A hilarious read aloud for young children! audio Listen to the story being read aloud by actors from the Screen Actors Guild and download a FREE Activity Guide on Storyline Online (storylineonline.net) here: http://www.storylineonline.net/romeow-drooliet/
  • Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch

    by Eileen Spinelli
    Leading a life full of kindness and love is celebrated in Spinelli’s Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch. One random act of kindness creates a ripple effect of love and compassion. Much like Life Vest Inside’s Kindness Boomerang video, this would be a great read aloud to extend conversation after watching! audio Listen to the story being read aloud by actors from the Screen Actors Guild and download a FREE Activity Guide on Storyline Online (storylineonline.net) here: http://www.storylineonline.net/somebody-loves-you-mr-hatch/
  • Sophie’s Masterpiece

    by Mem Fox
    Sophie is a spider who always feels rejected. Some are scared, angry or disgusted with her spider presence.  Spending most of her time in the shadow of others, at last Sophie finds someone kind and compassionate. This kindness grows into a friendship where acceptance and support for each other changes lives. Mem Fox pens a beautifully crafted read aloud to start conversations about acceptance and kindness. audio Listen to the story being read aloud by actors from the Screen Actors Guild and download a FREE Activity Guide on Storyline Online (storylineonline.net) here: http://www.storylineonline.net/sophies-masterpiece/
  • Splat Says Thank You!

    by Rob Scotton
    A perfect book to show your children the power and importance of compassion and empathy. When Splat’s friend, Seymour, is ill, Splat is determined to make his feel better. An excellent read for exemplifying an easy way to extend kindness and uplift another.
  • Stellaluna

    by Janell Cannon
    When baby bat, Stellaluna, finds herself in a bird’s nest, Mother bird shows kindness and compassion by accepting her as a part of their family. Through the friendship of the three little birds and Stellaluna we learn that everyone is unique and that uniqueness should be celebrated. audio Listen to the story being read aloud by actors from the Screen Actors Guild and download a FREE Activity Guide on Storyline Online (storylineonline.net) here: http://www.storylineonline.net/stellaluna/
  • The Butterfly

    by Patricia Polacco
    A historic fiction picture book, Polacco crafts a text about a unlikely friendship during WWII and the Nazi era. This text reminds us about compassion and kindness that don’t judge – and responsibility to empower all.
  • The Giving Tree

    by Shel Silverstein
    Shel Silverstein shares a classic book about the power of giving. It is also a poignant text exemplifying the importance of recognizing kindness as its extended - as an invitation for us to give back as well. This is a perfect text to read aloud and extend conversations about seeking and reciprocating kindness.
  • The Kindness Quilt

    by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
    When Mrs. Bloom challenges her students to draw a picture of an act of kindness, Minna learns that opportunities to be kind are endless. The book beautifully illustrates how one act of kindness leads to another and by practicing kindness, one will more easily discover countless ways to be kind. This text is an excellent one to grow collaboration between students in your class. Create your own kindness quilt together!
  • The Lion and the Mouse

    by Jerry Pinkney
    Jerry Pinkney’s Caldecott winning story, The Lion and the Mouse, beautifully illustrates the kindness and compassion of an unlikely friendship. With empathy extended on behalf of a lion and a mouse, children will remember unlikely duo and their actions exemplifying the ripple effect of kindness.
  • The Long and the Short of It: A Tale About Hair

    by Barbara Meyers and Lydia Criss Mays
    Based on the true story of two young girls, Emma and Isabel, The Long and the Short of It: A Tale about Hair will leave children (and adults alike) moved to show kindness, compassion and empathy to others. When Emma loses her hair to cancer, she finds others are ready to give (like Isabel) to make another’s life better. The book also includes an adult discussion guide and children’s activity guide to extend conversations. special-note Children’s Activity Guide and Parent Discussion Guide included in the back of the book.
  • The Recess Queen

    by Alexis O’Neill
    Jean, the “recess queen” was bossy and mean. Where others steered clear of her unkind behaviors, new student Katie Sue invites her to play. The beautifully crafted story is an excellent read aloud to show how kindness is contagious and showing compassion to others can build friendships.
  • The Rainbow Fish

    by Marcus Pfister
    This colorful and exciting story is a great way to encourage children to share and teach them a lesson about inner beauty and happiness. When rainbow fish gave away his prized and shimmering scales to the other fish, he felt true happiness. Sharing his shimmering scales gave him a chance to find and share the shimmer of his inner beauty. Teachers will love this focus on giving and easy way to weave “rainbow fish” reminders into their own conversations about kindness, giving and sharing. audio Listen to the story being read aloud by actors from the Screen Actors Guild and download a FREE Activity Guide on Storyline Online (storylineonline.net) here: http://www.storylineonline.net/the-rainbow-fish/
  • The Sandwich Swap

    by Rania Al Abdullah
    Salma and Lily were inseparable friends, until one day they allowed their differences to affect their friendship. Their divide over differences even led to a wild food fight! Extending kindness, empathy, compassion (and a little courage to try new foods) restored their friendship and taught them more about life. Queen Rania Al Abdullah’s beautiful story shows how powerful friendship is and how important it is to celebrate diversity.
  • The Tooth

    by Avi Slodovnick
    This is a heart-warming story about a little girl who not only recognizes another in need, but acts upon that recognition. Hoping the tooth fairy will bring a man in need her “tooth money,” she drops her tooth into his “offering jar” instead of storing it under her pillow.  This story is an excellent example of the importance of thinking of others before yourself. It also illustrates how easy it is to support others in need - even if they are strangers. This is a great text to read before starting a service learning project in your classroom! audio Listen to the story being read aloud by actors from the Screen Actors Guild and download a FREE Activity Guide on Storyline Online (storylineonline.net) here: http://www.storylineonline.net/the-tooth/
  • To Be A Drum

    by Evelyn Coleman
    To Be a Drum is a beautifully crafted and illustrated book with a storyline that leads to conversation about the importance of kindness and compassion at its core. Highlighting the message of hope passed from generation to generation. Coleman offers a musical heartbeat of respect for the world to heart. audio Listen to the story being read aloud by actors from the Screen Actors Guild and download a FREE Activity Guide on Storyline Online (storylineonline.net) here: http://www.storylineonline.net/to-be-a-drum/
  • When Pigasso Met Mootsie

    by Nina Laden
    The two artists, Pigasso and Mootisse, are neighbors whose art varies greatly. Because of this difference they lack the ability to respect the other. After time and reflection, they begin to realize how beautiful the other’s gift is. Highlighting the important message of feeling empathy and extending an olive branch of kindness, this book is a hilarious read aloud for young children! audio Listen to the story being read aloud by actors from the Screen Actors Guild and download a FREE Activity Guide on Storyline Online (storylineonline.net) here: http://www.storylineonline.net/when-pigasso-met-mootisse/
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