When kids are having fun, you can sneak in a whole lot of good stuff. Like when you rake leaves in the yard in order to jump in a big pile of Autumn-ness...sure, the jumping is fun, but you also got your backyard picked up. Same goes for teaching your kids about the ins and outs of charity -- slip in some good habits and lessons about giving to others with a good read.
The Mitten Tree by Candace Christiansen and illustrated Elaine Greenestein -- With cool illustrations, this picture book draws a perfect picture of how beautiful giving without expecting anything in return can be. At the bus stop, an older lady notices a child who doesn't have mittens, so she knits him a pair. She goes on to do this anonymously for many kiddos, and then she receives a heartwarming surprise. The story is charming and sweet, but doesn't preach.
Have You Filled Your Bucket Today: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids by Carol McCloud and illustrated by David Messing -- This is one of those books you come across and realize that it could literally change your family's life. Simple storytelling explains how great it feels to do daily acts of kindness. The visual metaphor of filling a bucket with kind words and good deeds makes a superb impact on your little one. Trust me, this is a must for your home library.
The Giving Book: Open the Door to a Lifetime of Giving by Ellen Sabin -- This interactive book allows kids about six years old and up to create their own stories about compassion and giving. It asks questions, probes, and inspires kids to think about how they can take control and make positive choices and actions in their world. One of many books in a cool series by Ellen Sabin, grab it and see what your kiddos may come up with to change their world.
Do you have a favorite book about giving?