5 big-hearted treasuries from the big-hearted families program of DoingGoodTogether.org

Treasuries:  Five Big-Hearted Book Collections

Read & Reflect to Grow Big Hearts

We find collected stories or poems to be incredibly handy. You can keep one in the car for road trips or the unexpected traffic jam, relying on older children to entertain themselves. Toss one in your purse or diaper bag, to regale weary little people in the waiting room. When traveling, it is always nice to pack one book without sentencing yourself to retelling the same story every night.

Brace yourself for this bit of news: We’re not even going to include Buddha at Bedtime. We’ve posted and linked to it enough times now you’re sure to have stumbled upon it. It remains a favorite for many of our member families, but we’ve decided to make room on this top five list for some collections you may not have discovered just yet.

These stories are all so different from one another, a common set of discussion questions doesn't seem feasible. Certainly feel free to use the comments section here toshare the reflections you've shared with your children.

1. Children’s Book of Virtues by William J. Bennett

You may have read this classic as a child. Former secretary of education William Bennett shares stories, fables, and poem conveying virtues we all hope to share, including courage, compassion, and loyalty among many others. Some of the stories are very familiar (Aesop’s fables) others are quirky and new. One or two are somewhat dated, but on the whole, this is a wonderful book to read and discuss together.

2. I Can Make a Difference: A Treasury to Inspire Our Children by Margaret Wright Edelman

This collection is exceptional with a wonderful combination of stories, poetry, and art.

The works in this treasury do not simply teach and inspire. They are literary jewels, beautiful in and of themselves, making them a delight to sit down with your children to savor words so perfectly crafted.

3. James Herriot’s Treasury of Inspirational Stories for Children by James Herriot

The author of All Creatures Great and Small brings us eight heart-warming, occasionally heart-breaking tales. Little animal lovers will go nuts for these stories.  While morals and virtues are not so heavily emphasized in this collection,  the stories easily lend themselves to big-hearted discussions.

4. Kids' Random Acts of Kindness by Conari Press

This collection is sure to inspire your family’s next kindness activity. Nothing motivates kids – or adults – like a good example, which is exactly what these stories provide. While they may not be classic children’s literature, they will certainly spark the spirit of giving.

5. Tales of Wisdom and Wonder (with CD) by Hugh Lupton

The musical CD included with this collection makes it ideal for road trips or traffic jams, and it is sure to captivate your audienc This book features seven stories from a variety of cultures. They are expertly crafted, and perfect for reading aloud repeatedly to young children. As the title declares, there is a bit of wisdom in each tale to get a conversation started.

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