Character Education Curriculum: Kindness
Book Titles Included:
by Libba Moore Gray
The neighbors may think Miss Tizzy quite peculiar, but the children love her. They love her colorful house and her colorful clothes, but most of all they love the special attention she pays to them all.
Together, they bake cookies, make pictures full of sunshine and butterflies for folks who have stopped smiling, play dress-up, put on puppet shows and parades, or stretch out on bright quilts in Miss Tizzy's backyard of an evening to sing moon songs.
When Miss Tizzy becomes ill and takes to her bed, the children know just what to do to let her know she is missed and loved. Here's a picture book certain to touch the hearts of children of any age. 40 pages.
by Betsy Everitt
It has been a bad day for Horace. A very bad day. He’s come home feeling mean. But his mother knows just what to do! 32 pages.
The Three Questions
by John J. Muth
In a gorgeous retelling of Tolstoy's profound fable, your child will reflect and discover who and what is important to him. Expressive watercolor illustrations paint the tale of a young boy who seeks counsel from a wise turtle who lives in the mountains. But it's the boy's response to a stranger's cry for help that encourages young readers to seek the answers to the wonders within themselves.
Perfect for kids who always want to know "why?," this story will build your child's self-confidence and inspire self-reflection. Modeling important life lessons about compassion and helpfulness. 32 pages.
The Blue Ribbon Day
by Katie Couric
Ellie and Carrie decide to try out for the school team in their favorite sport, soccer. But when only one of the girls is selected, the inseparable pair faces a challenge(what do you say when your best friend is terribly disappointed?
But while some disappointments can’t be avoided, Carrie learns (with some help from her mother and her old friend Lazlo) that while she may not be good at everything, she has undiscovered talents waiting to bloom, if she has the courage to try something new.
For every reader who has ever set his or her heart on joining a sports team, getting a part in the school play, or winning a class election, and been let down, Katie Couric’s reassuring and inspiring story gives a charming lesson in confidence. 32 pages.
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters
by John Steptoe
Mufaro has two beautiful daughters. Nyasha is kind and considerate, but Manyara is selfish and spoiled. When the king decides to choose a bride from among "The Most Worthy and Beautiful Daughters in the Land," both Mufaro's girls travel to the capital city. But only one can be chosen to marry the king. Perfect for introducing variants to the Cinderella story as well as the history, culture, and geography of the African nation of Zimbabwe. 32 pages.
Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed
by Emily Pearson
Can one good deed from an ordinary girl change the world?
It can when she's Ordinary Mary -- an ordinary girl from an ordinary school, on her way to ordinary house -- who stumbles upon ordinary blueberries. When she decides to pick them for her neighbor, Mrs. Bishop, she starts a chain reaction that multiplies around the world. Mrs. Bishop makes blueberry muffins and gives them to her paperboy and four others -- one of whom is Mr. Stevens, who then helps five different people with their luggage -- one of whom is Maria, who then helps five people -- including a man named Joseph who didn't have enough money for his groceries -- and so on, until the deed comes back to Mary.
It's a feel-good story that inspires and celebrates a world full of ordinary deeds! 32 pages.
The Full Belly Bowl
by Jim Aylesworth
"What on earth is a Full Belly Bowl?" the very old man wonders -- but he soon finds out. No matter how much he eats from it, the bowl magically refills itself. For the first time in a long time, the old man isn't hungry. Then he discovers that the bowl can refill itself with other things -- even his one copper coin -- and now it looks like he'll never want for anything again!
His excitement makes him careless, however, and as he hurries off to spend some of his new wealth, he leaves the bowl right side up. And who can say what might get into the Full Belly Bowl in his absence?40 pages.