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Best Children's Books about Kindness

It's a given that all parents want their children to be kind - to show compassion and goodwill to people around them.

These powerful children's book teach the lesson of kindness with beautiful illustrations and compelling stories.

The Quiltmaker's Journey

written by Jeff Brumbeau and illustrated by Gail de Marcken


In this gorgeous book with detailed painting-style pictures, author Jeff Brumbeau recounts the imaginative tale of a young girl who lives protected in a city of only wealth & riches. When she discovers that a world of poverty lies outside the gates, she sets out on a journey of human kindness, choosing to use her gifts for good - even at the expense of her own comfort.



Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch

written by Eileen Spinelli and illustrated by Paul Yalowitz


Be touched by the story of a shoelace factory worker with a predictable and boring life. Without friends or adventure or love, he faces each day without a glimmer of sunshine...until one day when a heart-shaped box arrives on his doorstep.




Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale

written and illustrated by John Steptoe


An African Cinderella tale with substance. Mufaro has two daughters - Manyara is selfish and angry; Nyasha is kind and considerate. The Great King will soon choose a wife and both girls must go through a test to determine her worthiness. Accompanied by exquisite ink and watercolor illustrations, the story is a sobering tribute to the importance of the heart.



Baby Be Kind

written and illustrated by Jane Cowen-Fletcher

Baby Be KindThis sweet board book features endearing images of toddlers with simple text that encourages little ones to share, help others, take turns, and say sorry. Best suited for ages 0-3.





What are your favorite picture books about kindness? We’ll update our list as other treasures are discovered, always keeping our list to the VERY BEST children's books.