Children’s Books — World Kindness Day

Did you know that Friday, November 13th is World Kindness Day?
We are all doing our best to raise good humans — a task that has become even more challenging this year. But we can do it. We have to!

With Christmas right around the corner, I wanted to share three children’s book ideas. These are three of my favorites that focus on kindness and care for others.

I Am Human by Susan Verde, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
In gentle language, this gem of a book explores what it means to try, to make mistakes, to feel all our feelings, to be human.

God’s Dream by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
This beautifully illustrated book offers a unique message of forgiveness, empathy, and joy. “Each of us carries a piece of God’s heart within us. And when we love one another, the pieces of God’s heart are made whole.”

Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller, illustrated by Jen Hill
When a young girl named Tanisha spills grape juice all over her new dress, her classmate wants to make her feel better and remembers that Mom always says, “Be kind.” Through the course of the book we explore some of the ways, big and small, each of us can show kindness.

Parents, I highly recommend these books. And if you’re anything like me, you know that a well-crafted picture book can be as meaningful for adults as for children. I hope you’ll take the time to find one or all of these books and sit down to read them together.


Mark Burrows
Director of Children’s Ministries


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