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Kindness Booklist

Be Kind

               Unity. Kindness. Peace.

This booklist was created to share the message of creating unity, acting with kindness toward others, and promoting peace.


This list was created by the Quicklists Consulting Committee of the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.

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If You Plant a Seed - Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
Call Number: JPB Nelson
ISBN: 9780062298898
Publication Date: 2015-03-03
Kadir Nelson, acclaimed author of Baby Bear and winner of the Caldecott Honor and the Coretta Scott King Author and Illustrator Awards, presents a resonant, gently humorous story about the power of even the smallest acts and the rewards of compassion and generosity. With spare text and breathtaking oil paintings, If You Plant a Seed demonstrates not only the process of planting and growing for young children but also how a seed of kindness can bear sweet fruit.

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The Lion and the Mouse - Jerry Pinkney
Call Number: J398.2 Pinkney
ISBN: 9780316013567
Publication Date: 2009-09-01
In award-winning artist Jerry Pinkney's wordless adaptation of one of Aesop's most beloved fables, an unlikely pair learn that no act of kindness is ever wasted. After a ferocious lion spares a cowering mouse that he'd planned to eat, the mouse later comes to his rescue, freeing him from a poacher's trap. With vivid depictions of the landscape of the African Serengeti and expressively-drawn characters, Pinkney makes this a truly special retelling, and his stunning pictures speak volumes.

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Horton Hears a Who! - Dr. Seuss (Illustrator)
Call Number: JPB Seuss
ISBN: 9780394800783
Publication Date: 1954-08-12
Horton is back! After his first appearance in Horton Hatches the Egg, everyone's favorite elephant returns in this timeless, moving, and comical classic in which we discover that "a person's a person, no matter how small." Thanks to the irrepressible rhymes and eye-catching illustrations, young readers will learn kindness and perseverance (as well as the importance of a good "Yopp") from the very determined--and very endearing--Horton the elephant.

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The Nice Book - David Ezra Stein (Illustrator)
Call Number: JPB Stein
ISBN: 9780399165344
Publication Date: 2013-12-05
From cuddling koalas to friendly penguins, an array of animals illustrates fun, sweet, and silly examples of 'how to be nice,' showing simple ways young children can show they care for those around them. The lyrical text, funny illustrations and upbeat friendship message make this a great gift and a wonderful introduction to manners. 'Enjoyable, informative, and just plain nice.' Booklist 'Charming . . . Allows children to grasp what adults mane when they say, Be nice.' School Library Journal 'There's plenty of humor here . . . Nice indeed.' Kirkus Reviews

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What Does Peace Feel Like? - Vladimir Radunsky (Illustrator)
Call Number: J303.66 RADUNSKY
ISBN: 9780689866760
Publication Date: 2004-11-01
Peace. What does that word really mean? Ask children from around the world, and this is what they say....

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The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade - Justin Roberts; Christian Robinson (Illustrator)
Call Number: JBP Roberts
ISBN: 9780399257438
Publication Date: 2014-09-04
Hardly anyone noticed young Sally McCabe. She was the smallest girl in the smallest grade. But Sally notices everything - from the twenty-seven keys on the janitor's ring to the bullying happening on the playground. One day, Sally has had enough and decides to make herself heard. And when she takes a chance and stands up to the bullies, she finds that one small girl can make a big difference. Grammy-nominated children's musician Justin Roberts, together with vibrant artwork from award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson, will have readers cheering for young Sally McCabe.

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Can I Play Too? - Mo Willems (Illustrator)
Call Number: JE Willems
ISBN: 9781423119913
Publication Date: 2010-06-08
Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In Can I Play Too? Gerald and Piggie meet a new snake friend who wants to join in a game of catch. But don't you need arms to catch? Mo Willems' Geisel Award-winning duo never fails to tickle readers of all ages. Like previous Elephant & Piggie Books, this adventure has been vetted by an early learning specialist and emerging learners themselves. It turns reading into play!

 

Kindness Booklist

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How to Heal a Broken Wing - Bob Graham (Illustrator)
Call Number: JPB Graham
ISBN: 9780763639037
Publication Date: 2008-08-26
In a spare urban fable, Bob Graham brings us one small boy, one loving family, and one miraculous story of hope and healing. "No one saw the bird fall." In a city full of hurried people, only young Will notices the bird lying hurt on the ground. With the help of his sympathetic mother, he gently wraps the injured bird and takes it home. In classic Bob Graham style, the beauty is in the details: the careful ministrations with an eyedropper, the bedroom filled with animal memorabilia, the saving of the single feather as a good-luck charm for the bird's return to the sky. Wistful and uplifting, here is a tale of possibility — and of the souls who never doubt its power.

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Peace - Wendy Anderson Halperin (Illustrator); Childrens Books Staff; Scott Nash
Call Number: J172.42 HALPERIN
ISBN: 9780689825521
Publication Date: 2013-01-29
This lavish and lyrical picture book based on the Tao Te Ching ponders the eternal question: How can we bring peace to the world? Radiating tenderness and reflecting the influence of eastern philosophies, a compilation of exquisite illustrations and wisely chosen words reveals the heart of where peace truly must originate: within ourselves. The beautifully intricate artwork, with tiny, precisely rendered details of life across the globe, complements the spare and powerful text that includes quotations from famous peacemakers. And with each reading, you’ll find something else to notice—such as the visual storylines that subtly play out across the pages. Poetic and soothing, Peace is a masterful exploration of the true path to world peace and serves as a perfect springboard to discussions about bullying, conflict resolution, and right actions.

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The Story of Ferdinand - Munro Leaf; Robert Lawson (Illustrator)
Call Number: JBP Leaf
ISBN: 9780448456942
Publication Date: 2011-03-31
Ferdinand is the world's most peaceful--and--beloved little bull. While all of the other bulls snort, leap, and butt their heads, Ferdinand is content to just sit and smell the flowers under his favorite cork tree. Leaf's simple storytelling paired with Lawson's pen-and-ink drawings make The Story of Ferdinand a true classic. Commemorate the 75th anniversary of the book's original publication with this beautiful and affordable 8x8 paperback edition.

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The Peace Book - Todd Parr
ISBN: 9780316043496
Publication Date: 2009-04-01
Peace is making new friends Peace is giving shoes to someone who needs them Peace is a growing garden Peace is having enough pizza in the world for everyone The Peace Book delivers positive and hopeful messages of peace in an accessible, child-friendly format featuring Todd Parr's trademark bold, bright colors and silly scenes. Targeted to young children first beginning to read, this book delivers a timely and timeless message about the importance of tolerance. Along with the four other bestselling Todd Parr picture books debuting in paperback this season, It's Okay to be Different is designed to encourage early literacy, enhance emotional development, celebrate multiculturalism, and promote character growth.

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The Sandwich Swap - Tricia Tusa (Illustrator); Queen Rania of Jordan Al Abdullah Staff; Kelly DiPucchio; Kirstie S. Kelly; Rania Al Abdullah
Call Number: JBP Rania
ISBN: 9781423124849
Publication Date: 2010-04-20
A celebration of friendship, tolerance and cultural differences, inspired by Queen Rania's own experience. Lilly and Salma are best friends. They play together and stick together through thick and thin. But who ever thought that such a simple thing as the difference between peanut butter and hummus could come between them? Lilly and Salma don't quite understand each other's tastes but does that mean that they shouldn't be friends? They understand far better than grown-ups that these things hardly matter - friendship is the most important thing of all.

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A Sick Day for Amos McGee - Philip C. Stead; Erin E. Stead (Illustrator)
Call Number: JBP Stead
ISBN: 9781596434028
Publication Date: 2010-05-25
THE BEST SICK DAY EVER and the animals in the zoo feature in this striking picture book debut. Friends come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In Amos McGee's case, all sorts of species, too! Every day he spends a little bit of time with each of his friends at the zoo, running races with the tortoise, keeping the shy penguin company, and even reading bedtime stories to the owl. But when Amos is too sick to make it to the zoo, his animal friends decide it's time they returned the favor. A Sick Day for Amos McGee is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year and the winner of the 2011 Caldecott Medal. This title has Common Core connections.

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Each Kindness - Jacqueline Woodson; E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)
Call Number: JBP Woodson
ISBN: 9780399246524
Publication Date: 2012-10-02
WINNER OF A CORETTA SCOTT KING HONOR AND THE JANE ADDAMS PEACE AWARD! Each kindness makes the world a little better This unforgettable book is written and illustrated by the award-winning team that created The Other Side and the Caldecott Honor winner Coming On Home Soon. With its powerful anti-bullying message and striking art, it will resonate with readers long after they've put it down. Chloe and her friends won't play with the new girl, Maya. Every time Maya tries to join Chloe and her friends, they reject her. Eventually Maya stops coming to school. When Chloe's teacher gives a lesson about how even small acts of kindness can change the world, Chloe is stung by the lost opportunity for friendship, and thinks about how much better it could have been if she'd shown a little kindness toward Maya.

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