Random Acts of Kindness Week: Top 1…

Springboard is excited to celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Week, happening February 17 through February 23, 2019.  What better way to celebrate than with a list of children’s books that promote such a valuable, inherent quality? Whether it’s in the classroom, on the playground, or at home, kindness has a big impact on children’s learning. It pays to foster this attribute early on.

Springboard recognizes that books are an excellent way to cultivate kindness, so we’ve rounded up our top ten book picks that you can share with your children and students to help them tap into their intrinsic goodwill:


Strictly No Elephants
Author: Lisa Mantchev
Illustrator: Taeeun Yoo
Recommended Ages: 5-10

“When the local Pet Club won’t admit a boy’s tiny pet elephant, he finds a solution—one that involves all kinds of unusual animals in this sweet and adorable picture book. Imaginative and lyrical, this sweet story captures the magic of friendship and the joy of having a pet.” ~





Stick and Stone
Author: Beth Ferry
Illustrator: Tom Lichtenheld
Recommended Ages: 4-8

“In this funny story about kindness and friendship, Stick and Stone join George and Martha, Frog and Toad, and Elephant and Piggie, as some of the best friend duos in children’s literature. Author Beth Ferry makes a memorable debut with a warm, rhyming text that includes a subtle anti-bullying message even the youngest reader will understand.” 





The Giving Tree
Author: Shel Silverstein
Illustrator: Shel Silverstein
Recommended Ages: 1-8

“Since it was first published fifty years ago, Shel Silverstein’s poignant picture book for readers of all ages has offered a touching interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another’s capacity to love in return.” 





Kindness is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler
Author: Margery Cuyler
Illustrator: Sachiko Yoshikawa
Recommended Ages: 5-8

“When Mrs. Ruler asks five of her kindergarteners to miss recess, she’s got a special plan up her sleeve. She’s about to teach a new golden rule: KINDNESS IS COOL! Count along with Mrs. Ruler’s class. Can all their good deeds really add up to 100 acts of kindness?” ~Amazon





What Should Danny Do? (The Power to Choose Series)
Author: Adir Levy, Ganit Levy
Illustrator: Mat Sadler
Recommended Ages: 3-10

“Boys and girls both love and relate to Danny, while enjoying the interactive nature of the book–they never know what will come next! Parents and Teachers love the social-emotional skills the book teaches through empowering kids to make positive choices while demonstrating the natural consequences to negative choices.” ~Amazon





The Kindness Quilt
Author: Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
Illustrator: Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
Recommended Ages: 5-8

“Minna and her classmates have been asked by their teacher, Mrs. Bloom, to work on a Kindness Project. Mrs. Bloom wants them to do and draw and share an act of kindness. Minna and her family do lots of kind things, but Minna can’t decide which one is right for her project. Then she starts writing and drawing and cutting—and an idea for a paper quilt picturing many acts of kindness begins to take shape!” ~Amazon





The Berenstain Bears: Kindness Counts
Author: Jan Berenstain, Mike Berenstain
Illustrator: Jan Berenstain, Mike Berenstain
Recommended Ages: 4-8

“Brother Bear loves everything to do with model airplanes, whether it’s building, fixing, or flying them. But when he shares one of his prized planes with a younger cub will his kindness be returned?” ~Amazon






Dr. Seuss’s You Are Kind: Featuring Horton the Elephant (Classic Seuss)
Author: Dr. Seuss
Illustrator: Dr. Seuss
Recommended Ages: 4-10

“From Horton the Elephant—who taught us that “a person’s a person, no matter how small”—comes this sweet, small hardcover book of simple, unrhymed observations about the qualities of kindness.” ~Amazon






The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up for Others
Author: Bob Sornson, Maria Dismondy
Illustrator: Kim Shaw
Recommended Ages: 4-12

“Have you ever seen a bully in action and done nothing about it? The kids at Pete’s new school get involved, instead of being bystanders. When Pete begins to behave badly, his classmates teach him about “The Promise”. Will Pete decide to shed his bullying habits and make “The Promise”?” ~Amazon





I Am Human: A Book of Empathy
Author: Susan Verde
Illustrator: Peter H. Reynolds
Recommended Ages: 4-8

“A hopeful meditation on all the great (and challenging) parts of being human, I Am Human shows that it’s okay to make mistakes while also emphasizing the power of good choices by offering a kind word or smile or by saying “I’m sorry.” ~Amazon