Kindness is really learned by modeling it for your kids. It seems like such a simple quality, but unless we model it for our children so they act kind, it won’t become an integral part of their being. (I suggest you pick up the book, 1…2…3… Magic by Thomas Phelan Ph.D. It’s a great book to teach you how to manage behavior in an effective manner without fuss or yelling.)
In addition, being loving is crucial for establishing and maintaining good friendships. Jesus taught us to love one another. If we have love, kindness will follow.
Reading and discussing books can be a fun and helpful way to discuss and teach kindness and friendship. I put this list together of great books that help teach lifelong virtues with good characters that demonstrate kindness, empathy, and good friendship.
1. These are lovely posters that you can color and share as motivation. $6.99 Coming soon.
2. Friends Not Forever book 6. I like this book because it teaches kids how to journal. But most of all it teaches girls how to handle conflict. “Ella is going on a cruise! It’s going to be amazing, and best of all, her BFF Zoe is coming too! But when a friendship catastrophe strikes, Ella’s perfect vacation looks doomed!” $5.99
3. The Best Project. Billie’s little brother is cute, but he can be annoying. Billie has to keep everything out of his reach. But then she forgets … Will Billie be able to fix The Best Project in time for school? Billie B. Brown series prepares girls for new social situations and they will recognize their lives reflected in Billie’s “real world” adventures, from their first sleepover, to ballet lessons, playing with boys and managing friendships. $4.99
4. Can I Join Your Club? In this book Duck just want’s to be part of a club. He wants to belong to something. And he tries so hard to fit in so he can — but it just doesn’t work. This is a great book to teach children about being inclusive and being yourself. $12.99
5. Butterflies. An extraordinary story of a journey where pain and trauma become triumph and a passion for living, Butterflies is a coming of age story that celebrates the fighter in all of us. $4.99
6. Do Nice, Be Kind, Spread Happy — This cool and quirky title is full of ways to spread a bit of happy, and release your inner ninja of niceness with some guerrilla acts of goodness. $14.99.
7. Here in the Garden. As the seasons change, a young boy shares the magic of his garden with a special friend: “The wind is raking through the falling leaves and I wish that you were here.” This extraordinary picture book about loss, love and friendship shows that we can always find our way back to a loved one through our hearts and our memories. $11.99
8. Snow flake in my pocket. A friendship story, a story about patience and longing, this delicately-crafted book features a cut-out window in Squirrel’s oak tree home, giving readers a sneak-peek to the wintry world outside, and capturing the cozy, cuddly feeling of sharing a snowy night with a loved one. $12.99 Coming soon.
9. A Horse for the Summer. $5.99. This is a book about a boy who loves horses, which goes against the stereotype. He’s a natural with horses but works hard, reminding kids that even being a natural you need to practice. The people at Sandy Lane genuinely love and appreciate the horses, helping kids realize that horses are conscious creatures, not dumb beasts of burden. And there are moral questions brought up. Is it ok to go behind someone’s back to prove them wrong for instance? These situations can start some quality discussions with your kid regarding your values and what you wish them to have. Series: Sandy Lane Stables Explore these exciting stories of friendship and adventure, packed with authentic detail.
10. The Map Maker Chronicles. Perfect for readers who love stories filled with adventure and suspense, The Mapmaker Chronicles are one-part fantasy, one-part quest, one-part high-seas action. Filled with strong, feisty characters who learn resilience, perseverance and the importance of friendship, each book transports readers to faraway lands.