Children’s Books About Kindness and Compassion

If you’re less than thrilled with the way you see people interacting with one another these days, you’re not alone. We could all stand to treat one another with a little more consideration! With that in mind, Red Apple Reading has compiled a list of ten children’s books that focus on kindness and compassion.


A Sick Day for Amos McGee  (Philip C. Stead) – Amos McGhee works hard at his job at the zoo, but he always has time and attention to share with his animal friends. One day when Amos gets sick and can’t go to work, his friends come to visit him and show him a little T.L.C.!  Kindergarten – 2nd grade


How to Heal a Broken Wing  (Bob Graham) – When a pigeon breaks its wing, no one seems to notice except a young boy. Will takes the injured bird home and lovingly nurses it back to health. Preschoolers and young elementary student will like this affirming tale.


Unspoken  (Henry Cole) – This beautifully illustrated, wordless picture book delivers a powerful story about compassion. A young farm girl discovers a runaway slave in her family’s barn and brings her food wrapped in a star patterned cloth. The runaway slave eventually goes, but she leaves behind a doll made from the cloth in which the food was covered.  Grades 2 – 4


The Invisible Boy  (Trudy Ludwig) – Nobody at school takes notice of Brian or bothers to include him in their activities. When the new boy, Justin, arrives at school and the kids make fun of his lunch, Brian befriends him. The two boys team up on a class project and Brian’s artistic abilities shine! Six to nine-year-olds will appreciate this story about inclusion.


Enemy Pie  (Derek Munson) – It was shaping up to be the ideal summer – all until Jeremy moved into the neighborhood and became enemy number one. How’s a young boy supposed to get rid of his enemies? Fortunately, Dad has an ingenious plan for just such a problem! It’s tough and involves spending an entire day playing with Jeremy while Dad makes the enemy pie. Five to eight-year-olds will enjoy seeing how this problem is resolved.


Little Bird  (Germano Zullo) – This lovely picture book will delight children and parents alike. The story of a man and a little bird serves to remind readers that small acts of kindness can change lives. A heartwarming book for preschool and early elementary students.


The Name Jar  (Yangsook Choi) – It’s hard being new and having a name nobody seems to be able to pronounce. Unhei considers choosing a new name, but when a classmate visits her neighborhood and learns her real name, the kids in the class encourage her to keep her Korean name. Early elementary age students will enjoy this one!



Each Kindness  (Jacqueline Woodson) – Chloe and her friends refuse to include the new girl, Maya, when she joins the class in the middle of the year. Maya doesn’t have nice clothes and is called “Never New” because she wears second hand clothing. Maya eventually leaves school. When the teacher has a lesson about the power of small acts of kindness, Chloe regrets her behavior toward Maya. This heartbreaking tale will resonate with 2nd – 5th graders.


How Kind!  (Mary Murphy) – When Hen gives Pig a nice present, Pig decides to do something kind for Rabbit, and Rabbit does something kind for Cow. This simple picture book for preschoolers is a great introduction to kindness.


Wonder  (R.J. Palacio) – If you are looking for a book about kindness and compassion for your reader in middle school, look no further. Auggie Pullman has a facial deformity. He’s been homeschooled all of his life but is about to begin 5th grade in public school. This story is told from several different viewpoints, including Auggie, his sister, his sister’s boyfriend , and his friends. This story captures how cruel as well as how kind people can be.


Goosebumps for Halloween

Do you have children who like a good scare? During the spooky month of October we celebrate a mysterious author’s birthday: R.L. Stine. Stine is best known for his spine-chilling children’s book series: Goosebumps.

I can recall in sixth grade when I read Stine’s eleventh book in the series: The Haunted Mask. In this thriller, an 11-year-old girl with my own name, Carly, battles bullying and decides to stand up to her tormentors. She buys a frightening Halloween mask to scare them on Halloween night, but there’s something wrong: the mask won’t come off and is stuck to her own face! Carly grows more and more aggressive that night and must do what she can to get the mask off.

This ghostly tale is the perfect read for youngsters ages 8 to 12 who enjoy a little scare to get in the mood for Halloween. Your child might also enjoy one of over one hundred other Goosebumps stories in the series. Check them out at any library or bookstore!

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Fall Family Favorites

When I was a child, a big part of feeling festive around the holidays was to read holiday and seasonal books. My mom always had plenty of books that went back and forth between home and the school where she taught, and she still has a bookcase full of picture books even though we are grown and she is no longer teaching in the classroom. Here are some of our favorites from the shelf that are sure to get you and your kiddos into the fall spirit!

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrettcloudy-with-a-chance-of-meatballs

Kiddos can discover the town of Chewandswallow, a land where breakfast, lunch, and dinner come from the weather! What will happen when too much food falls from the sky?
Ages 4 to 8


Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar? by Bonnie Lasswho-took-the-cookies-from-the-cookie-jar

Help the small critters find out who took the cookies. Was it Raven? Snake? Frog? Follow the cookie crumbs to solve the mystery and be delighted with the happy ending.
Ages 4 to 7


Beneath the Ghost Moon by Jane Yolenbeneath-ghost-moon

The mice have prepared for their Ghost Dance Ball, but some creepy-crawlies destroy their work. Help the mice fight back and celebrate in the Halloween moon with a clever and catchy rhyme scheme.
Ages 5 and up


Where’s My Teddy? by Jez Alboroughwheres-my-teddy

Eddie finds his teddy in the woods, only to discover the teddy has grown. A real bear comes along with Eddie’s real-sized teddy, and they both get spooked.
Ages 3 to 7


Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet  by Diane de Groattrick-treat-smell-feet

Gilbert is in for a surprise when he accidentally takes his sister’s Halloween costume to school and not his. This story will teach the good and the bad about being different.
Ages 4 to 8


The House That Drac Built by Judy Sierrahouse-drac-built

Trick-or-treaters on Halloween resolve the chaotic events going on in the house that Drac built. Not for the faint of heart.
Ages 4 to 7



Mustard by Jessel Millermustard

Witness Mustard blossom into a happy, kind, and insightful woman. Thanks to her parents and angels, she grows up with soft love and strong values. Children will be drawn to the vivid and detailed illustrations.
All ages


The 13 Days of Halloween by Carol Greene13-days-halloween

In this spooky spin-off of The 12 Days of Christmas, a ghoul proves his love to another with haunting gifts like hissing cats and flying brooms. Read to discover what frightening present he receives in return!
Ages 4 to 8


My sister and I listened to and read these stories countless times before bedtime. Luckily none of them are too scary for nightmares! Find some seasonal favorites of your own and your children will enjoy them for years to come.


6 Great Nighttime Reads for Curious Kids

Putting a Curious Soul to Bed - 6 Great Nighttime Reads - Red Apple ReadingBeing a parent can be a challenging experience. It takes plenty of patience to educate children well and help them understand why certain things should be done. What is your trick when trying to put your curious little child to bed at night?

Here are six great nighttime reads that may come in handy for parents trying to ensure the best childhood experience for their little curious souls:

A Handful of Quiet: Happiness in Four Pebbles by Thich Nhat Hanh
First on our list is A Handful of Quiet: Happiness in Four Pebbles. Why? Surprisingly, this is not only an interesting nighttime read to consider but also one that can calm your child down and get him ready for a good night’s sleep. Even if you never though it was possible to introduce your child to meditation at this age, it is actually highly-recommended. This read will help you do so. Playful activities and fun are ensured for you and your child right before bed!

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I Am Yoga by Susan Verde
How about introducing your child to yoga through fun activities that are appropriate for her age? This will feed her curiosity and get her ready for bed in a pleasant, calm manner without hassles and arguments. I Am Yoga is a child-friendly guide to 16 innovative poses that will make your child feel the thrills of fun interaction, not to mention the fun you will be having on the side!

Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton
This is a great nighttime read that parents should consider when they want to teach children about friendship, living with pets and living through fear even at early ages. Your child will certainly end up imagining himself being Splat on his first day of school with his pet mouse friend, Seymour to have his back. Learning all about making new friends and the amazing adventures on the first day of school will ensure a great night of sleep for your child while dreaming about another world.

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Unstoppable Me: 10 Ways to Soar Through Life by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
Here is another recommendation for you – Unstoppable Me: 10 Ways to Soar through Life. It allows you to teach your child all sorts of valuable lessons that she will enjoy learning. She will learn all about living without fear and adopting a life without limits. Your happy kid will discover new ways of never having to just fit in and live her life to the fullest. You may get new insights for the child living inside of you as well.

Skippjon Jones by Judy Schachner
Get ready to introduce your child to a very special kitten. There is nothing ordinary about this character and the lessons he can teach your kid. Let El Skippito, the great sword-fighter against banditos around the world, teach valuable lessons in a fun way. Your child will fall asleep imagining himself being on a new adventure and will learn all about the way in which positive characters always win the battles against negative ones – all with the help of a frisky cat!

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Dreams Come True: All They Need Is You by Mike Dooley
Teach your child a valuable lesson right before bedtime: dreams always come true if she trusts herself to make things happen. Read all about the magnificent land of dreams where young friends are headed towards the greatest adventure of their lives. Let your child enjoy the thrills of living a new adventure every time she goes to bed and learn valuable lessons about life with the help of Dreams Come True: All They Need is You.

Every night before bedtime, introduce your child to a new world packed with valuable lessons and entertaining dreams that will keep him sleeping like an angel and waking up well-rested and ready for new activities. These reads will help you get started!

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10 Yummy Books About Ice Cream

July 17th is National Ice Cream Day! Celebrate by taking the kids out for ice cream and picking up one of these sweet titles!

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Ice Cream: The Full Scoop (Gail Gibbons) – A delightful book which chronicles the history of ice cream. A fun book for preschool and early elementary students!

Should I Share My Ice Cream? (Mo Willems) – In this installment of Willem’s Elephant and Piggie books, Elephant faces a conundrum. Should he share his ice cream with his good friend Piggie? Preschoolers will like this one!

Curious George and the Ice Cream Surprise (H.A. Rey) – It’s summer time and George has just got to find a way to cool off. Will he be able to catch that ice cream truck? The preschool and early elementary crowd will enjoy this one!

Stick Dog Dreams of Ice Cream (Tom Watson) – Stick Dog and his buddies are on a mission to catch the loud, strange truck that leaves behind yummy puddles. They encounter many obstacles along the way, including the police! Older elementary students will enjoy this Stick Dog adventure!

The Ice Cream Kid: Brain Freeze! (Todd Clark) – Irwin Snackcracker is a pretty normal 4th grade boy. He likes booger picking contests, pizza, and ice cream. One day at school, Irwin manages to score the last Fudgsicle; his superpowers begin to emerge with each bite! If your 7-12 year old kid enjoys some good potty humor, she is sure to like this book.

Ice Cream Summer (Peter Sis) – In a letter to his grandfather, Joe reassures him that he is not forgetting to stay on top of his schoolwork. It’s just that all his reading, math, and writing skills seem to revolve around his favorite summertime treat: ice cream! Beware the illustrations in this book might make you hungry! A nice choice for early elementary students.

I Am an Ice Cream Truck (Ace Landers) – Preschoolers will enjoy this board book that is shaped like an ice cream truck. Kids will watch as the people line up to receive their sweet treats and hear (thanks to a sound chip) the familiar tune of the ice cream truck!

The Ice Cream King (Steve Metzger) – When Teddy visits the new ice cream shop, he imagines an ice cream dreamland where he is the Ice Cream King! Preschool and early elementary students will enjoy this ice cream dream world and parents will enjoy the lesson on sharing that concludes the story.

Wemberly’s Ice-Cream Star (Kevin Henkes) – When little Wemberly is given an ice cream star, she discovers a way to share it with her friend; but it takes some patience! This is a sweet book for preschoolers!

The Scoop on Ice Cream (Bonnie Williams) – This installment of History of Fun Stuff provides early elementary students with the interesting history of ice cream. A level three reader containing fun ice cream trivia!


There’s no better way to cool off on a hot summer day than with a delicious ice cream cone. Red Apple Reading hopes you enjoy National Ice Cream Day!