Happy World Kindness Day!
Anas bin Malik narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said:
“Be kind to your children, and perfect their manners”
Aishah narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said:
“Indeed among the believers with the most complete faith is the one who is the best in conduct, and the most kind to his family.”
I love how much our religion emphasizes the importance of kindness, and how we can find it in the example of our Prophet (peace be upon him) and his treatment to his family, friends, guests, neighbours, and community.
This week we’ve taken out a whole slew of books on the topic of Kindness from the library, and I wanted to share 10 of our favourites here with you!
Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson
This is a heartwarming story about how one act of kindness can be multiplied exponentially. Ordinary Mary gifted some berries to a friend and it had a ripple effect where each person then spread kindness to five more people.
Those Shoes by Meribeth Boelts
Those shoes is a sweet story about a boy who really wants the style of shoes that is all the rage at his school right now. He finally ends up getting his hands on a second hand pair but the problem is they are too small! He notices someone else in his class that could benefit from the smaller pair of shoes and gifts it to him instead.
Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli
This story is about a man Mr. Hatch who is very quiet and lonely and goes through the motions of his day in the same way everyday. One day he receives a surprise package in the mail with a note that says “Somebody Loves You” and his world changes for the better!
Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Mo Willems
This story is about Elephant who buys and ice cream cone and struggles with the question of whether or not he should share it with his friend Piggie. In the end the ice cream cone melts and no one gets to enjoy it! But Piggie comes to the rescue with a cone of his own to share.
Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems
Leonardo wants nothing more than to be a terrible monster that is able to scare others but as much as he tries he can’t scare anyone, except of course for little Sam. Sam was already feeling sad and he begins to cry when Leonardo approaches him. Leonardo finds out the real reason Sam is crying and he decides he’s going to be a good friend to Sam.
If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson
This book depicts how sharing and kindness can plant more seeds of kindness and build friendships along the way, juxtaposed with how selfishness can create more selfishness and enemies along the way.
Most People by Michael Leannah
This book is all about how most people in the world are good people even though there may be people who do bad things.
Be Polite and Kind by Cheri J. Meiners
“Be Polite and Kind” is a great conversation starter with young children to discuss the topic of Kindness and using polite words and how we should treat others.
The Invisible Boy, by Patrice Barton
There’s one boy in the class who no one really notices. He is never picked to be on teams, never invited to parties, and even the teacher sometimes doesn’t notice him. That is until one day when a new boy joins the class and makes him his friend, he starts to become less and less invisible.
The Big Umbrella, by Amy June Bates + Juniper Bates
This book is about an umbrella that always has room for whoever needs to stand under it. It is a metaphor for how there is always room for kindness for everyone in the world no matter who they are.
Have you read any good books about Kindness lately? Please share them below!