Practice mindfulness with Stillwater and his friends in this wonderfully eclectic book. Then turn your focus toward the future with a simple New Year’s craft that will have your whole family committing to kindness and calm for the new year.
February: Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox
Transform Valentine’s Day into a month-long celebration of caring and empathy. This simple, heart-warming story sets the stage for creative, thoughtful acts of kindness inspired by Mem Fox’s delightful characters.
March: Beatrice's Goat by Page McBriar
An impoverished family flourishes after receiving a special four-legged gift in this uplifting picture book set in western Uganda. Spend time learning about global hunger, and discover ways to make an impact on this important issue.
April: The Forgiveness Garden by Lauren Thomson
Inspired by the Garden of Forgiveness built in Beirut at the end of a Civil War, this book offers a wonderful parable about neighboring villages overcoming anger and working toward peace. Talk about peace and forgiveness with your family as you create a May Day project for your neighbors.
May: Fur and Feathers by Janet Haffman
Animal lovers of all ages will love this story of a girl helping her animal friends. Learn about the creativity it takes to understand the needs of others, and tap into your own creativity to help animals you care about.
June: The Impossible Patriotism Project by Linda Skeers
This thoughtful story will move you to be the best citizen you can be. Support the troops with a simple family activity and get ready to celebrate the 4th of July!
July: The Raft by Jim LaMarche
Join Nicky for a summer in the Wisconsin woods, where a mysterious raft and his grandmother open him up to the natural world as well as his own artistic inclinations. The tone and the illustrations pull you in to this mesmerizing tale, and our activity will inspire your own outdoor adventure.
August: I Can Hear the Sun by Patricia Polacco
This wonderful modern-day folktale is simultaneously sad, heart-warming, and beautiful, and it’s one of Polacco’s masterpieces. Fondo’s tale teaches us that no one is quite what they appear to be, and miracles really are possible. Explore the issues of tolerance and prejudice with a simple activity.
September: Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
This beautifully written book reminds us that just as each kindness can have ripple effects that last a life time, a missed opportunity to be kind and courageous can have lasting impacts. A crafty activity will make it easy to share kindness generously after this touching story sparks a conversation about regret.
October: The Empty Pot by Demi
What makes a great leader? A young boy’s actions give us a wonderful example to follow, just in time for a discussion about citizenship and leadership as midterm elections approach.
November: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
“Want what you have” is the important lesson this month, brought to life by the magical, and somewhat alarming, adventures of Sylvester. Spend some time imagining what you would do if, like Sylvester, you found a magic pebble. Then start a week-long gratitude project with your family.
December: Kindness Quilt by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
Mimi makes a paper quilt of kind acts she can share. Your family can spend this month of family gatherings and year-end celebrations on a kindness mission too, and like Mimi, you can transform each act into a unique holiday decoration.