I’m sure you’ve heard this line before, but when I was a kid we did not have the Internet. (Obviously it was developed while I was a kid, but that’s a story for another day) When I wanted to learn about a topic, I would drag my mom down to the library and spends hours combing through paper card catalogs and the Dewey decimal system. If I wanted a book about how to teach a child how to be kind, I would have to sift through the 300s.
Thank goodness Google has simplified things, but sometimes I miss the old-fashioned analog way.
Now, the little V visits the local library two or three times a week. Besides the usual story time, many of the local places also offer magic shows, singing, craft time, and last Halloween they even had a puppet show .
As parents, we hear every day about the importance of reading to our kids. From ages 0-3, it helps build language skills and bonds parents and children. The only challenge is which books to choose.
Here are my top 3 favorite board books for teaching kindness and understanding to my two year old, in no particular order.
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- How do Dinosaurs Play with their Friends? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague. Does the dinosaur hide all of his toys and refuse to share with the other kids? Of course not! Friendly Mr. T Rex and Stegosaurus always let others have a turn. After buying this book, my little bubba voluntarily handed her favorite toy to a friend who was crying. No lies.
- Goodnight, Dragons by Judith Roth and Pascal Lemaitre. Why do dragons breathe such angry fire? Because they need more cuddles, of course! Side effects include your little one asking for the healing powers of hot chocolate.
- How Kind! by Mary Murphy. Sweet farm animals start a chain of kind deeds. Enough said.
Read here for more teacher-approved books on kindness.
What books do you use to teach or show your kids how to be kind?