Five Children's Books That Encourage Kindness

Get it Going is all about teaching Kindness! Enjoy one of these books with your children in addition to our monthly activities!


1. Kindness is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler
Written by: Margery Cuyler
Illustrated by: Sachiko Yoshikawa

Within this book, Mrs. Ruler teaches her students that kindness is cool. Her kindergarteners help fill their classroom’s kindness bulletin board upon their completion of good deeds. You can purchase “Kindness is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler” here (

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2. Have You Filled A Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness For Kids
Written by: Carol McCloud
Illustrated by: David Messing

This book teaches children to be bucket fillers rather than bucket dippers. Little readers learn the importance of kindness, love, and gratitude. You can purchase “Have You Filled A Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness For Kids” here (

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3. Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed
Written by: Emily Pearson
Illustrated by: Fumi Kosaka

Young readers witness the ripple effect of practicing kindness, as they read this book. While someone might feel “ordinary”, they can feel important when they brighten the lives of others. You can purchase “Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed” here (’s+Extraordinary+Deed).
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4. What Does It Mean to Be Kind?
Written by: Rana DiOrio
Illustrated by: Stéphane Jorisch

While reading this book, children will see what a difference kindness makes. Practicing acts of kindness comes across as courageous within this read. “What Does It Mean to Be Kind?” goes beyond spreading kindness to fellow people, by including animals, our planet and ourselves. You can purchase “What Does It Mean to Be Kind?” here (

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5. Good People Everywhere
Written by Lynea Gillen
Illustrated by: Kristina Swarner

“Good People Everywhere” encourages gratitude, compassion and the significance of practicing kindness. This book demonstrates the acts of kindness performed by a variety of people around the world and is a great reminder that humanity is still alive and well. You can purchase “Good People Everywhere” here ( 

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Written By Savannah Slone