Mr. Rogers and the Kindness Collection

The inimitable children's TV host Mr. Rogers said, "There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind."

This is a lesson we surely want to share with our children (and try to remember for ourselves!). One way to do this is to find, read, and talk about picture books with children that introduce the concepts of kindness and empathy.

Here's my "Kindness Collection" - a few of my favorite books for children that will help you have conversations about kindness with your kids:

The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade by Justin Roberts - How can one person make a difference in treating others with kindness? Let Sally McCabe (the smallest girl) show you how!

A Home for Bird by Philip Stead - How does Vernon the toad show kindness to his new friend, Bird? Talk with your child about how he or she can show kindness to others, just like Vernon.

Once Upon a Balloon by Bree Galbraith - Hope and friendship are themes to this lovely book that most children will respond to.


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