Social Emotional Learning: Teach Kindness and Empathy to Kids

August 13, 2021
Social Emotional Learning: Teach Kindness and Empathy to Kids

At Put Me In The Story, we believe that one of the most important ways we can help kids thrive is to encourage kindness and empathy! We discussed ways to conquer back to school anxieties in our last blog entry and today we wanted to focus on spreading positivity. 


We’ve teamed up with our bookish friends at Sourcebooks Kids to choose our top books for exploring kindness, compassion, empathy, and encouragement. 

 

SPREADING KINDESS & ENCOURAGEMENT 

 

Be Brave Little One by Marianne RichmondBe Brave Little One by Marianne Richmond

SUGGESTED READING: Be Brave Little One

From making new friends to getting back on the bike, Be Brave Little One assures your little one that they can handle whatever that comes their way and celebrates the many ways there are to be brave!

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What Does It Mean to be Kind?What Does It Mean to be Kind?

SUGGESTED READING: What Does It Mean to Be Kind? 

When the girl in the red hat is kind to the new kid in class, kindness spreads! A sweet story about the magical shift that happens when everyone understands, and acts on, what it means to be kind. 

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How to Make a Shark SmileHow to Make a Shark Smile

SUGGESTED READING: How to Make a Shark Smile

A story about choosing happiness and the ripple effect of a positive mindset. Includes seven happiness exercises at the back of the book to encourage kids to fit them in every single day! 

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Kindness Makes the World Go RoundKindness Makes the World Go Round

SUGGESTED READING: Kindness Makes the World Go Round

This kindness book features a poignant message for kids to explore in their own lives, reflecting on the kindness they see and feel every day, as well as how to be generous and kind themselves. 

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EXPLORING EMPATHY & COMPASSION

 

Sesame Street: Let's Make a FriendSesame Street: Let's Make a Friend

SUGGESTED READING: Sesame Street: Let’s Make a Friend

Let’s Make A Friend! is full of ideas about how to connect with other people. Your little one will learn that saying hello, smiling, and paying compliments are great ways to make a new pal. 

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It Will Be OK Book CoverIt Will Be OK Book Cover

SUGGESTED READING: It Will Be OK 

Anxiety comes in many forms, but this sweet picture book shows kids that their support and patience goes a long way in helping their friends cope. 

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Big Bird's Bad DayBig Bird's Bad Day

SUGGESTED READING: Big Bird's Big Bad Day

In this sweet and inspiring story about emotions and friendship, Big Bird learns how to talk about his confusing moods and feelings – and how to turn them around! 

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Be kind and stay positive,
Your Friends at Put Me in the Story 

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