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Have You Filled a Bucket Today?
Have You Filled a Bucket Today? By Carol McCloud
This positive story takes an abstract concept—showing kindness and appreciation to others—and makes it visual by using the analogy of “filling” other people’s buckets with kind thoughts and actions, as well as having one’s own bucket “filled” by others and by showing others kindness. It’s story and illustrations encourage children to be a positive part of their community—at school, home and in the larger world.
Hey, Little Ant
Hey, Little Ant by Phillip and Hannah Hoose
One of the foundations of understanding and being able to show empathy is to be able to perpective- shift. If one is able to know what it feels like to live in “someone else’s shoes” it is easier to understand how one’s behavior affects others—in both positive and negative ways. This story is told through the eyes of a boy and an ant, helping readers to see and appreciate that we are all more alike than we are different.
Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun
Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun by Maria Dismondy
What do you stand for? When Lucy is faced with the question of how to respond to a challenging student who is in need of help, she has to figure out who she is and what she will do. This story looks at differences, mean teasing, and how to respond in a way that respects everyone involved.