Best Children's Books About Helping others

82+ Children's Books About Helping others

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Grow It! book
#26
Grow It!
Written and illustrated by Georgie Birkett
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Simple text and illustrations show a child helping with gardening tasks.

Shopping! book
#27
Shopping!
Written and illustrated by Jess Stockham
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

A child helps decide which items to purchase from the store and where to go to buy them.

Hello, Little Egg! book
#28
Hello, Little Egg!
Written and illustrated by Penguin Young Readers Licenses
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Welcome to Puffin Rock—home to two young puffins, Oona and Baba. Join them on their adventures from the Netflix series, Puffin Rock. Oona, Baba, and Mossy are out playing when they discover a mysterious egg. It’s a race against time as they try to find the parents before it hatches!

Mouse House book
#29
Mouse House
Written and illustrated by John Burningham
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

From picture-book genius John Burningham comes a whimsical new story about home, hope, and the convivial wisdom of children. Every night, a family -- a mom, dad, boy, and girl -- have supper and go to bed. But they're not alone. Every night, after that family is asleep, a secret mouse family emerges to find food for their supper, and the mouse children start to play. Then one night it happens: the boy spots a mouse, and his father calls the mouse catcher. Concerned, the children write a note to the mice ("your lives are in danger"), and the mouse family flees to the backyard, where the boy and girl leave tiny swings and a trampoline they've made for the mice to play on. But as winter approaches and the children no longer see the mice frolicking outside in the evenings, they start to wonder. Where could the mice have gone?

Night Before Mother’s Day book
#30
Night Before Mother’s Day
Written by Natasha Wing and illustrated by Amy Wummer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

It’s the night before Mother’s Day, and Dad and the kids are determined to show Mom just how much they love her. They whip up a cake from scratch, and offer a special coupon for a day at the spa, right in their own kitchen! Kids and moms will love reading this sweet story aloud together for a fun way to celebrate Mother’s Day.

Hospital book
#31
Hospital
Written and illustrated by Jess Stockham
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

How long will I be there? Will I stay the night? Who will look after me? Reading Hospital with your child is the perfect opportunity to talk about these questions, and many more!

Vet book
#32
Vet
Written and illustrated by Jess Stockham
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Illustrates what a typical visit to the vet may be like, questions the vet might ask, and procedures the vet might perform.

Masha and the Bear: A Magical Holiday book
#33
Masha and the Bear: A Magical Holiday
Written and illustrated by Lauren Forte
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Masha & The Bear is the YouTube animated sensation that received billions of views! Join this rambunctious little girl and her best friend as they go on adventures-for the very first time, in books! Masha loves the holidays! So does the Bear, but he thinks he wants to spend it alone. When Masha finds a magic hat, she uses it to spread cheer to all of her friends. The Bear may want to be left alone, but Masha has a better idea! Comes with a pull-out poster! © 2008-2017 Animaccord LTD. All trademarks are owned by Animaccord LTD. www.mashabear.com

Clean It! book
#34
Clean It!
Written and illustrated by Georgie Birkett
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Which chores need doing today? What's the best way of doing them? And who's going to help? Helping with real tasks is a natural progression from pretend play, and is a crucial stage in a child's development. Achieving a shared goal encourages a sense of responsibility, and develops many skills useful in later life. Simple conversational text and lively illustrations are carefully designed to encourage further dialogue between reader and child.

Doctor book
#35
Doctor
Written and illustrated by Jess Stockham
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Young children visit the doctor to see what a typical appointment might be like.

The Ant and the Big Bad Bully Goat book
#36
The Ant and the Big Bad Bully Goat
Written by Andrew Fusek Peters and illustrated by Anna Wadham
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Badger is happy living in his tidy burrow, until one day when Billy Goat moves in and Badger is too scared to ask him to leave, when help comes from an unexpected corner.

I Am a Tyrannosaurus book
#37
I Am a Tyrannosaurus
Written and illustrated by Tatsuya Miyanishi
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

A little Pterosaur lives on top of a rocky mountain, where his mother teaches him to be kind and to always help others in need. One day, a huge Tyrannosaurus falls down the mountain and is injured as he tries to catch the little Pterosaur. Remembering his mother's lesson, the little Pterosaur decides to take care of the injured Tyrannosaurus. As a result of his fall, the Tyrannosaurus temporarily loses his sight, and asks, "Who is there?" The Pterosaur hides and answers, "I am a Tyrannosaurus." The fifth title in this acclaimed Tyrannosaurus series, I Am a Tyrannosaurus, delivers a heartwarming story about being kind and helping others with vivid, brightly colored illustrations and endearingly drawn characters.

Errol's Garden book
#38
Errol's Garden
Written and illustrated by Gillian Hibbs
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Errol loves gardening, but he doesn't have a proper garden. Although his home is full of beautiful plants, he longs for an outdoor space where he can grow things. A chance discovery leads to a solution, but Errol can't do everything on his own. Luckily, help is near at hand. A heart-warming and inclusive tale about how one small boy's dream of a garden unites a diverse community in a positive and enriching experience for everyone.

Odd Couples in Nature book
#39
Odd Couples in Nature
Written by Pavla Hanackova and illustrated by Linh Dao
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

Life is better with a friend! Many animal species think so, too. This book explores the strange and wonderful ways in which some very different types of creature help each other out. You’ll see clownfish making deals with stinging anemones, ants farming aphids, zebras being groomed by oxpecker birds, and much more besides. Come with us on a journey through the natural world and discover that friendship can be found practically everywhere! Packed with bite-sized knowledge and charming illustrations.

Nipper and the Lunchbox book
#40
Nipper and the Lunchbox
Written and illustrated by Lucy Dillamore
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Nipper hates being left alone all day while his best friend Richard is at work. But when he realizes one morning that Richard has left his lunchbox behind, Nipper sets off on a difficult journey to deliver it. Will Nipper find Richard in time? Will he survive the many dangers along the way? And what will happen when he gets there? A touching story from a new talent about the power of determination and the strength of true friendship.

Don't Go to School! book
#41
Don't Go to School!
Written by Maire Zepf and illustrated by Tarsila Kruse, Maire Zepf
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Benno is really excited about his first day at school. But there's one problem: Mommy! "DON'T GO TO SCHOOL!" she wails. "STAY HERE WITH ME!" Can the brave little bear convince Mom that everything's okay? He comes up with an ingenious idea to help her adjust--one that many parents will recognize. Kids will love this laugh-out-loud twist on a familiar theme.

Miles of Smiles book
#42
Miles of Smiles
Written by Karen Kaufman Orloff and illustrated by Luciano Lozano
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

When someone smiles, who knows where it goes? Baby smiles at Mommy, Mom keeps it for a while . . . and then passes it on. As the smile begins its joyful journey--moving from a first-grade class to a soccer team, from Gran to a garbage man, even to a puppy--it spreads happiness throughout the community, bringing everyone together. A sunny picture book guaranteed to make kids SMILE!

Polonius the Pit Pony book
#43
Polonius the Pit Pony
Written by Richard O'Neill and illustrated by Feronia Parker-Thomas
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-9

When Polonius the pit pony escapes from the coal mine he's worked in all his life, he joins a family of Travelers. Although he enjoys the freedom and the fresh air that their lifestyle offers, he wishes he could give something back to the family in return. When the chance arrives for him to do something to help, he rises to the challenge, and uses his intelligence and skills to save the day. Based on true events and retold by a master of the oral tradition, this story bears witness to the Traveler values of independence, initiative, courage and hard work.

Flubby Is Not a Good Pet book
#44
Flubby Is Not a Good Pet
Written and illustrated by J E Morris
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Meet Flubby–the lovably lazy feline who prefers a purr-fectly laid-back lifestyle! Flubby is a large, sleepy cat who refuses to do the things that other pets do. He won’t sing, catch, or even jump! But when a scary situation brings Flubby and his owner together, they realize they really do need each other–and that makes Flubby a good pet after all.

The Peace Book book
#45
The Peace Book
Written and illustrated by Todd Parr
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Peace is making new friends. Peace is helping your neighbor. Peace is a growing a garden. Peace is having enough pizza in the world for everyone. The Peace Book delivers positive and hopeful messages of peace in an accessible, child-friendly format featuring Todd Parr's trademark bold, bright colors and silly scenes. Perfect for the youngest readers, this book delivers a timely and timeless message about the importance of friendship, caring, and acceptance.

Willa and the Bear book
#46
Willa and the Bear
Written and illustrated by Philomena Oneill
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

More than anything, Willa adores her ragdoll, Rosie, made just for her by Grandma. But one day, on a bumpy sleigh ride to Grandma's birthday dinner, Rosie falls into the snow and disappears. Willa is inconsolable--until, mysteriously, Rosie reappears at Grandma's door. Can Willa find a way to thank the special friend who returned her doll? This picture book will warm the heart of every child who has ever had a favorite toy.

Recycling! book
#47
Recycling!
Written and illustrated by Jess Stockham
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

A child helps sort waste to determine which items can be recycled and which can be reused.

Love Is Walking Hand in Hand book
#48
Love Is Walking Hand in Hand
Written and illustrated by Charles M Schulz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-10

A reissue of the classic gift book that defines love through the simple acts and moments of everyday life with Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang. This classic gift book was originally published in 1965 and is being reissued in its original format. Its timeless description of love and friendship is as important now as it was when the book was first published. It is the perfect gift for Valentine's Day or any day that you want to remind someone how much they mean to you.

Come with Me book
#49
Come with Me
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

When the news reports are flooded with tales of hatred and fear, a girl asks her papa what she can do to make the world a better place. “Come with me,” he says. Hand-in-hand, they walk to the subway, tipping their hats to those they meet. The next day, the girl asks her mama what she can do—her mama says, “Come with me,” and together they set out for the grocery, because one person doesn’t represent an entire race or the people of a land. After dinner that night, the little girl asks if she can do something of her own—walk the dog . . . and her parents let her go. “Come with me,” the girl tells the boy across the hall. Walking together, one step at a time, the girl and the boy begin to see that as small and insignificant as their part may seem, it matters to the world. In this lyrical and timely story, author Holly M. McGhee and illustrator Pascal Lemaître champion the power of kindness, bravery, and friendship in the face of uncertainty.

My Little Half-moon book
#50
My Little Half-moon
Written by Douglas Todd Jennerich and illustrated by Kate Berube
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

A determined child goes the extra mile to try to cheer the lonely half moon Have you ever looked up at the half-moon hiding in the night sky and thought it looked just the littlest bit lonely without its other half? Imagine . . . having no one to glow with no one to play with no one to share how much you like puppies and big, fuzzy bears. If you’re like this determined young child, you might stay up every night to keep the moon company. Maybe if you share your treats and toys and stories, you’ll cheer him up. But the moon is very shy, so it might take some time. Still, if you’re very very patient, you just might make a new friend.

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