Cool to Be Kind: Children’s Books That Champion Kindness

by Dena McMurdie

Illustration: Elizabeth Graeber

My husband and I have spent many family discussions teaching our children about kindness. We tell our kids that what goes around comes around. If you want to be treated with kindness, you need to treat others with kindness. We’ve been successful for the most part, but kids make mistakes (who doesn’t?) and need a refresher now and then. Here are some books that celebrate kindness and help my family remember how and why we should be kind.

Editor’s note: This post was originally published in 2016 and updated in 2021.