Kindness is Contagious

In honor of Valentine’s Day (February 14) and Random Acts of Kindness Week (February 14-20), we thought it would be fun to create a list of some love and kindness themed books that the library offers for young readers. It is never too early to teach and share the value of love and kindness.

One of my favorite things to do each year is create Valentine’s Day cards with friends and hand them out at local nursing homes and hospitals. Just a simple way to spread joy. (This is double the fun if you have kids who can deliver cards with you.) Below are some of my top pick books to encourage kindness in young readers. Click on the book title to check library availability. Happy reading!

Start Early Books:

Book cover for How Kind by Mary Murphy

“How Kind!” by Mary Murphy

Book cover for The Love in My Heart

“The Love in My Heart” by Tim Bugbird

How Do I Love You? book cover

“How Do I Love You?” by Marion Dane Bauer


Easy Fiction Books:

Love From The Very Hungry Caterpillar book cover

“Love From the Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle

Last Stop On Market Street book cover

“Last Stop on Market Street” by Matt de la Pena

If You Plant a Seed book cover

“If You Plant A Seed” by Kadir Nelson


Juvenile Fiction Books: 

Wonder book cover

“Wonder” by R. J. Palacio

Book cover for Pay it Forward

“Pay It Forward” Young Readers Edition by Catherine Ryan Hyde

The War That Saved My Life book cover

“The War That Saved My Life” by Kimberly Burbaker Bradley

Make sure to attend the library’s kindness and Valentines Day programs coming up at all of our branches!