Reading Nook

There’s nothing like settling down with a good book—or finding the perfect read-aloud for your classroom or religious community. The Reading Nook is your resource for recommendations of great reads on kindness, for all ages.


The First Thirty

On a weekend afternoon, a recent college graduate witnesses a person from the neighborhood where he lives be mean to two kids from the...

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Talking Treasure

Stories to help us make sense of the world, give us hope when we feel down, give us wonder and excitement when our lives seem ordinary, and help...

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Rachel, Grace, and Pony Club by Maiko Natsukawa

Rachel wants to take Grace to Pony Club, but things are not going very well. Rachel says a prayer - and guess who comes to help! This...

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Feel Confident!

Empower children to recognize their individual worth and develop self-confidence, as well as confidence in their abilities and the choices they...

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Be Positive!

A sense of optimism is a key ingredient to success in life. Guide young children to develop a positive attitude and discover how the choices...

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Chipper's Friends—The Heartwarming Story of an Imperfect Dog.

Come, Sit, and Say Hello to a therapy dog dropout named Chipper, and the people who love her. This funny, touching story-narrated by Chipper...

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Raising Compassionate, Courageous Children

In Raising Compassionate, Courageous Children in a Violent World, Dr. Janice Cohn offers parents not just reassurances, but specific...

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Why Kindness Is Good For You

Scientific evidence has proven that kindness changes the brain, impacts the heart and immune system, and may even be an antidote to...

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How To Be an Everyday Philanthropist

Whether you're interested in improving your community, protecting the environment, helping animals in need or making life better for...

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Charlie's Thinking Cheese

Charlie's Thinking Cheese, by Mark Juarez, beautifully illustrates the power of kindness in our everyday routines. Charlie is a...

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The Business of Kindness

The Business of Kindness, by Olivia McIvor, raises self-awareness and personal accountability for the development of a respectful and caring...

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On Kindness

Kindness is the foundation of the world’s great religions and most-enduring philosophies. Why, then, does being kind feel so dangerous?...

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Simple Things to Make This World a Better Place

The following is an excerpt from Vicki Julian's forthcoming work, Simple Things to Make This World a Better Place: Vicki is a published...

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The Force of Kindness

In The Force of Kindness: Change Your Life with Love & Compassion, Sharon Salzberg, one of the nation's most respected...

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10 Simple Solutions to Stress

Claire Wheeler, M.D. offers ten simple techniques—drawn from cognitive behavioral therapy, mind-body medicine, and positive...

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Have You Filled Your Bucket Today?

Through simple prose and vivid illustrations, this heartwarming book encourages positive behavior as children see how rewarding it is to express...

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Do One Nice Thing

Become a Nice-o-holic. Feel better by doing at least one nice thing for someone to start the new week right. Do One Nice Thing written by...

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Say Something

Say Something, written by Peggy Moss, illustrated by Lea Lyon, and published by Tilbury House, is a story written from the perspective of a...

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Random Acts of Kindness

The books that encourage grace through the smallest gestures are antidotes for a weary world. Their true stories, thoughtful quotations, and...

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The Happiness Project

The Happiness Project is the memoir of the year author Gretchen Rubin spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific studies,...

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