Our Favourite Books on Kindness for Preschoolers

Check out our commonkind list of favourite books to read with your preschooler to introduce the concept of kindness. All books ruthlessly reviewed by our panel of real child judges! Although they are still learning kindess they don’t hold back on the important subject of books!

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KIND

by Jess McGeachin (AUSTRALIAN AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR)

Why we like it

Rhyming book with a valuable message about being kind to living creatures and our environment. Beautiful illustrations of animals from all over the world engage the reader and provide opportunities to discuss the differenced between and beauty of living things. The book ends with highlighting the importance of being kind to Earth (as the only planet we’ve got) and also to leave some room to be kind to oneself.

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From the Publisher

From one of Australia’s most talented new picture-book creators comes this beautiful ode to the wonders of our natural world.

NOTABLE BOOK: 2023 CBCA Book of the Year, Eve Pownall Award

From the tiniest beetle to the most majestic whale, every creature on Earth is a marvel, deserving of awe and compassion. This beautiful picture book is a unique celebration of living things of many kinds – and the kindness we can show them as we wander through the world. A stunning and lyrical masterpiece from an exciting Australian talent.

KINDNESS MAKES US STRONG

by Sophie Beer (AUSTRALIAN AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR)

Why we like it

This bright board book has gorgeous colourful cartoon-style illustrations of diverse characters demonstrating simple, relatable examples of kindness. The author apparently believes that “Art should never be boring” and this book is proof of that. The book provides many examples of what kindness is and finishes with “Kindness is what makes us strong”.

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From the Publisher

This bright book by the creator of Love Makes a Family celebrates acts of kindness big and small.

Kindness is a friendly hello. A roaring cheer. A quick boost. Kindness is what makes us strong! This joyful board book shows various children as they extend kindness in all kinds of situations: on the playground, at lunchtime, on a bike path, and on a neighborhood street. This sweet preschool read-aloud shows the way kindness helps build friendship and community.

I LIKE TO BE KIND

by Campbell Books, Marie Paruit (Illustrator)

Why we like it

This short board book is sturdy for little fingers yet engaging with the interactive lift-the-flap format. The simple text and colourful cartoon-style illustrations focus on relatable topics even for young children of “Helping Each Other”, “Sharing Things”, “Caring for Each Other”. At the back of the book are some useful notes for parents by Dr Janet Rose on how to model and teach kindness to young children.

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From the Publisher

I Like To Be Kind is a fun introduction to the benefits of being kind to others. Young children can lift the flaps, slide the tabs and turn the wheel as they explore what kindness is, the emotional effect of being kind and ways in which they can show kindness.

With delightful illustrations from Marie Paruit on every page, this is the perfect book for parents and carers to share with young children to develop their emotional intelligence. Explanations, hints and tips from Early Years expert Dr Janet Rose will provide parents with all the extra guidance they need.

HOW DO DINOSAURS LEARN TO BE KIND?

by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague

Why we like it

Simple, funny rhyming book with beautiful illustrations. that will appeal to the dino lover and non-lover alike. The book starts with dinosaurs doing “unkind” things (that may be common behaviours for children) but then flips the script and shows that dinosaurs are kind after all.

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From the Publisher

Laugh out loud as our bestselling dinosaurs learn to be kind despite their sometimes mischievous antics.

How does a dinosaur learn to be kind? Does he roar about everything that is on his mind?

Does he wake up at midnight and make lots of noise? Does he take his big sister’s new shoes and her toys?

NO!!!

A dinosaur knows how to be very kind, always keep other folks firmly in mind.

Being kind can be a little difficult, even for dinosaurs. But with a little practice and some heartfelt humor, our prehistoric pals can develop empathy and compassion for others. Join in the hilarity as the bestselling duo Jane Yolen and Mark Teague teach young readers and dinosaurs that being kind is important and cool!

With over 24 million copies in print, each dino-mite How Do Dinosaurs…? book is a combination of hilarious situations and sing-song rhymes that show young children how to be more successful every day and in every way. The How Do Dinosaurs…? series will help children become confident readers while teaching them little life lessons. And as an added bonus, the names of each dinosaur are hidden on each page. Look for all the bestselling How Do Dinosaurs…? books by Jane Yolen with illustrations by Mark Teague.

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