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Kill ‘Em With Kindness: 18 Love and Kindness Books for Kids!

It couldn’t be a more perfect time for us to take a moment and celebrate love and kindness through books! We can ALWAYS use a little more love and kindness and a reminder through books, for kids and adults, never fails.

The world is a crazy place and we have an opportunity to teach our kids to love and be kind. To look for opportunities to reach beyond themselves and show someone else they care. February was the perfect month for all of us at @kidlitpicks to be reminded of these beautiful ideas, and so we shared books on Love and Kindness all month long. We’re proud to present our round-up for the month!

Thanks to Michelle from The Book Report for such a wonderful theme!

Wonder, by RJ Palacio

“’Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness’ — R.J Palacio” — Summer from @readingisourthing

My Beautiful Birds, by ​​Suzanne Del Rizzo

“I would love to talk about each and every spread, but this is a book worth seeing for yourself. Trust me, it will stick with you for a very long time.” — Mel from @spiky_penelope

I Love You Night and Day, by Smriti Prasadam-Halls and Alison Brown; I Love You Through and Through, by Bernadette Rossetti Shustak and Caroline Jayne Church; God Loves You, and I Do, Too!, by Bonnie Rickner Jensen

You are loved. Sometimes, that is just all the message a book needs.” — Katie from @afriendlyaffair

Shhh! We Have a Plan, by Chris Haughton

To me this book perfectly illustrates the beautiful, gentle way a child sees the world. It shows that gentleness and kindness are the best way to get things done.” — Claire from @alittlebookhabit

Plant a Kiss, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Peter H Reynolds

We need to teach our children to do just that; spread love and kindness to those that we encounter.” — Leah from @astoryaday

That’s Me Loving You, by Amy Krause Rosenthal and Teagan White

One of the darling new release books about love.” — Clarissa from @book.nerd.mommy

Pass It On, by Sophy Henn

A beautiful message with bright and colourful illustrations, this book is a perfect read to cheer you up and make you smile. Just remember to #passiton” —  Kim from @bookbairn

Wolf in the Snow, by Matthew Cordell

This nearly wordless picture book carries a subtle message of connection and love. With gentle tenderness, the story feels fresh and a bit introspective.” — Miranda from @bookbloom

The Wonderful Things You Will Be, by Emily Winfield Martin

This book is a celebration of the love of a parent for their child from tiny baby to watching them grow into the person they were meant to be.” — De from @books_and_babycinos

Love Matters Most, by Mij Kelly and Gerry Turley

A mama polar bear searches for her cub!” — Arielle from @childrensbooksgalore

You Are My Heart, Marianne Richmond

For all the love, words, hopes and dreams I have for my little one that I’m too much of a blubbering mess to say, this book is just perfect.” — Rossa from @curiouslittlepeople

One, by Kathryn Otoshi

If you need to address bullying with any age group and begin some thoughtful discussions on the topic, look no further than One.” — Lauren from @happily.ever.elephants

One brings up key life lessons about boundaries, kindness, common courtesy, and standing up for yourself.” — Charnaie from @hereweeread

The Crow’s Tale, by Naomi Howarth

“We can easily look around and see the love and sacrifices that those around us make. From the small moments such as holding open a door for another, to the simple act of going to work every morning.” — Wendy from @homegrownreader

Under the Love Umbrella, by Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys

“Let’s just give a [fist bump] for the diversity of characters and family situations depicted in the awesome-sauce illustrations.” — Shannon from @ohcreativeday

Plenty of Love to Go Around, by Emma Chichester Clark

A great book for dealing with jealously, sharing, and realizing there is enough love in someone’s heart for more than one.” — Michelle from

Lily Loves, by Kai Lüftner and Judith Drews

Wild and cautious, loud and gentle, Lily is totally and truly herself.” — Liam from @words.and.illustrations

Your turn: What books would you add to this list?  Feel free to share in the comments.

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