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GNM Booklist: Diversity/Kindness/Caring/Respect – K-5

Booklist suggested on the goodnightmoon listserv

Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts (Candlewick 2007)
Jeremy, who longs to have the black high tops that everyone at school seems to have but his grandmother cannot afford, is excited when he sees them for sale in a thrift shop and decides to buy them even though they are the wrong size.

The Christmas Menorahs by Janice Cohn (A. Whitman 1995)
Describes how people in Billings, Montana joined together to fight a series of hate crimes against a Jewish family.

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena (Putnam’s 2015)
A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.

Never Say a Mean Word Again by Jacqueline Jules (Wisdom Tales 2014)
When Samuel’s father, the grand vizier, hears Hamza call Samuel names and tells his son to make sure Hamza never speaks an unkind word to him again, Samuel knows he must obey but has a hard time finding the right means to do so.

Painting for Peace in Ferguson by Carol Swartout Klein (Layla Dog Press 2015)

The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig (Knopf 2013)
Brian has always felt invisible at school, but when a new student, Justin, arrives, everything changes.

Pine and the Winter Sparrow by Alexis York Lumbard (Wisdom Tales 2015)
When sparrow injures his wing and cannot fly south for the winter, he asks for shelter from each of the forest trees.

Happy in Our Skin by Fran Manushkin (Candlewick 2015)
Depicts families of different colors and orientations as they play at a park, swim, and celebrate at a block party.

The Way to School by Rosemary McCarney (Second Story Press 2015)
Describes the different ways children in developing countries travel to school, crossing rivers, mountains, and fields of ice, emphasizing the difficulties of accessing education in remote areas.

Have You Filled a Bucket Today? : A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids by Carol McCloud (Ferne Press 2006)

We All Sing with the Same Voice by J. Philip Miller and Sheppard M. Greene (HarperCollins 2001)
This joyful Sesame Street song embraces the notion that no matter where children live, what they look like, or what they do, they’reall the same where it counts–at heart.

Enemy Pie by Derek Munson (Chronicle 2000)
Hoping that the enemy pie which his father makes will help him get rid of his enemy, a little boy finds that instead it helps make a new friend.

The Three Questions by Jon J. Muth (Scholastic 2002)
Nikolai asks his animal friends to help him answer three important questions: “When is the best time to do things?” “Who is the most important?” and “What is the right thing to do?”

I’m New Here by Anne Sibley O’Brien (Charlesbridge 2015)
Three children from other countries (Somalia, Guatemala, and Korea) struggle to adjust to their new home and school in the United States..

Beautiful Hands by Kathryn Otoshi (Gosling Press 2015)
A celebration of the many things children can accomplish with their little hands is illustrated with artwork created using thumbprints and handprints.

Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson (Gibbs Smith 2002)
A young girl’s good deed is multiplied as it is passed on by those who have been touched by the kindesss of others.

Horton Hears a Who! by Dr. Seuss (Random House 1954)
A city of Whos on a speck of dust are threatened with destruction until the smallest Who of all helps convince Horton‘s friends thatWhos really exist.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (Random House 1992)
A young boy grows to manhood and old age experiencing the love and generosity of a tree which gives to him without thought of return.

A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead (Roaring Brook 2010)
Zookeeper Amos McGee always makes time to visit his friends who live at the zoo until the day he stays home because he is sick.

Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins ()
A story about a rude cake who never says please or thank you or listens to its parents, and a Giant Cyclops who is polite.

Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson (Nancy Paulsen 2012)
When Ms. Albert teaches a lesson on kindness, Chloe realizes that she and her friends have been wrong in making fun of new student Maya’s shabby clothes and refusing to play with her.

Books From These Booklists Added to the List Above:
13 Children’s Books That Encourage Kindness Towards OthersBuzzFeed

Other Booklists Online:
The Best Kid Lit on Bias, Diversity and Social JusticeAnti-Defamation League.
Bibliography of Children’s BooksUnderstanding Prejudice.



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