Reading List: Books About Kindness, Anti-Bullying, and Being Different

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Reading List: Books About Kindness, Anti-Bullying, and Being Different


The Rabbit Listened

Doerrfeld, Cori (2018 • Grade level PreK-K) A story of how to be there for someone who’s struggling without trying to fix things for them.

What Should Danny Do?

Levy, Adir (2017 • Grade level PreK-K) In this interactive book, children realize that their choices for Danny, a superhero in training, shaped his day into what it became.

The Big Umbrella

Bates, Amy June (2018 • Grade level PreK-3) There’s always room under the big umbrella no matter how different you are.

The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade

Roberts, Justin (2014 • Grade level K-1) Even if you’re small or young (or both), you can always speak up for what’s right.

Enemy Pie

Munson, Derek (2000 • Grade level K-2) Dad has a solution for getting rid of enemies, but it requires spending an entire day playing with the enemy.

Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon

Lovell, Patty (2001 • Grade level K-2) Molly Lou Melon is different, but this doesn’t slow her down.

I Walk With Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness

Kerascoët (2018 • Grade level PreK-3) A story about how a single act of kindness can lead to an entire community joining to help a girl who is bullied.

The One and Only Ivan

Applegate, Katherine (2015• Grade level 3-7) Ivan the gorilla works to create a better future for Ruby, a baby elephant.


Palacio, R.J. (2012 • Grade level 5-7) A story about Auggie, a boy who looks different but wants to be treated as an ordinary kid.

Sticks and Stones

Cooper, Abby (2016 • Grade level 5-7) Elyse finds new ways to accept who she is and to become her best self.


Have you Filled A Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids

McCloud, Carol (2006 • Grade level PreK-4) Do something kind to make someone else feel good and fill their “invisible bucket.”

You, Me and Empathy: Teaching Children About Empathy, Feelings, Kindness, Tolerance and Recognizing Bullying

Sanders, Jayneen (2017 • Grade level K-3) In this story, Quinn shows understanding, compassion, and kindness toward others.

Listening With My Heart: A Story of Kindness and Self-Compassion

Garcia, Gabi (2018 • Grade level 1-5) Listening With My Heart touches on the universal themes of friendship, empathy and self-acceptance.

Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness

Bowman, Donna Janell (2016 • Grade level 2-3) A biography about William “Doc” Key and his horse, Jim Key.

Lend A Hand: Poems About Giving

Frank, John (2014 • Grade level 3-4) Fourteen original poems show how simple acts of kindness can make a difference in the world.

I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World

Yousafzai, Malala (2014 • Young Readers Edition • Grade level 6-12) The story of one girl’s journey to make a difference by standing up for girls’ education.

It’s Cool To Be Kind

McFadden, Linnea (2017 • Grade level 3-6) Beckett Barnes loves school and playing sports, but when a new boy moves to town, he turns everything upside down. Can Beckett fix the problem so that life can go back to normal?

Who Was Mother Teresa?

Gigliotti, Jim (2015 • Grade level 3-7) The story of a woman whose charity work expanded internationally. She’s known for her compassion and devotion to the poor.

Real Friends

Hale, Shannon (2017 • Grade level 4-6) A graphic novel about how hard it is to find your real friends – and why it’s worth the journey.

Positive: A Memoir

Rawl, Paige (2014) (Grade level 6-12) Nineteen-year-old Paige Rawl tells the story of how she was bullied in middle school… and how she overcame the ordeal to change her world for the better.


This month’s reading list was provided by:

Gravette Public Library

119 Main Street SE

Gravette, AR 72736

Monday – Friday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Saturday 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Phone: 479-787-6955



The Gravette Public Library offers the following programs:

Little Lions Story Time (ages 5 and younger) Thursdays at 11 AM

After School Story Time (grades K-2) Thursdays at 4 PM *

Crazy 8s Math Club (grades 3-5) Thursdays at 4 PM *

Maker Monday (grades 6-8) Mondays at 4 PM **

Tech Tuesday (grades 6-8) Tuesdays at 4 PM **

Wear-It Wednesday (grades 6-8) Wednesdays at 4 PM **

Code Club Friday (grades 6-8) Fridays at 4 PM **

*Beginning September 12th

**Beginning September 9th

Upcoming Events:

August 23 STEAM @ The Library Kick-Off Event (for grades 6-8)

October 5 Moon Over Main Street (for the whole family)