5 Books to Promote Helpfulness in Children

AppleTree & Gilden Woods know the importance of nurturing and educating the whole child. For this reason, our class time is not only devoted to traditional academics. Starting from a very young age we focus on developing strong character traits in children. Each month there is a specific trait from our Character Education Program introduced and reinforced. For the month of May, our focus is on helpfulness. Being helpful is a great value to instill in children of all ages. There are a wide variety of things that children can do around the house and in the classroom to practice helpfulness. Listed below are 5 suggested books to share with your children to promote a mindset of helpfulness and prepare them to lead a life of helping others.

Henry Helps Clean His Room

Henry Helps Clean His Room by: Beth Bracken

It’s time for Henry to clean his room. Thankfully his dad teaches him what to do. From making his bed to picking up his toys, Henry learns that cleaning his room is a lot of work!

Biscuit Feeds the Pets by: Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Beginning readers’ favorite little yellow puppy is ready to help his neighbor feed her pets! From guinea pigs and fish to kittens and puppies, each animal gets their own special food. Everyone wants to play, too! But what happens when playtime gets in the way of mealtime? Biscuit might just find a new way to make sure everyone gets what they need. . . .

Biscuit Feeds the Pets is a My First I Can Read book, which means it’s perfect for shared reading with a child.

The Magic Ball of Wool by: Susanna Isern

The Magic Ball of Wool is a charming tale of friendship, generosity and kindness that will bring out the best in young readers by encouraging them to help others.

How Can I Help? A Book about Caring by: Robin Nelson

“What is the best way to cheer up a friend? How can you help if your mom or dad is grumpy? What can you do to make a classmate feel more included?
You care about your family, friends, and maybe even people you don’t know well. But sometimes it’s hard to show your feelings. This book offers examples of what you can do for others. It shows how being helpful and caring can make you and everyone around you happy. See how a little caring can go a long way!”

Oh, Yes You CAN! by: Tina McNeil

Oh, Yes You CAN! is the story of seven animals, from a small mouse to a large clumsy giraffe, who think they can’t do anything. They soon find out while helping each other, that they are all special in their own way. Highly saturated colors, easy to understand story and lovable characters.

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