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Have You Filled a Bucket Today?

Written by Carol McCloud & illustrated by David Messing
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“Children are not the only ones that need to learn how to be truly happy. It’s all in the bucket, that invisible bucket that follows you everywhere… teaches young readers valuable lessons about giving, sharing, and caring. This guide to daily happiness, though, is not just for kids. We all need reminders of the benefits of positive thinking and positive behavior. It’s an important lesson to teach and remind us all . . . that showing kindness and appreciation of others goes a long way to making this world a happier place for everyone, including ourselves. A classic tale, beautifully told and beautifully shared.” —Emily-Jane Hills Orford, Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews While using a simple metaphor of a bucket and a dipper, author Carol McCloud illustrates that when we choose to be kind, we not only fill the buckets of those around us, but also fill our OWN bucket! Conversely, when we choose to say or do mean things, we are dipping into buckets. All day long, we are either filling up or dipping into each other’s buckets by what we say and what we do. When you’re a bucket filler, you make the world a better place to be! This 32-page picture book is perfect for children, parents, grandparents, teachers and people that want to teach empathy, nurture kindness and create a positive environment in their home, classroom, workplace and community.

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This book does a fantastic job of just laying it all on the table so it’s super simple and easy to understand how to make others happy, and, in turn, how it makes you happy. :) I love the message of this book and I actually love how explanatory it is, even though that’s not my usual style. There are even specific examples given. I also think the visual aid of the buckets is a great way to teach kids this concept! But any book that teaches you how to make others happy and yourself happy is a winner in my book!

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Who Wrote Have You Filled a Bucket Today?

Carol McCloud

Carol McCloud, the “Bucket Lady,” is the author of the blockbuster hit “Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids” that was published in 2006. By trade, Carol is a speaker, author, and certified emotional intelligence trainer. Her books have sold three million copies and been translated into many different languages. A champion for bucket filling, Carol works with a powerful team who strive to help all ages grow in kindness, self-control, resilience, and forgiveness, all leading to a happier life. For more information, visit

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October 1, 2015
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May 15, 2006
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