Helping Others and Friendship: Board Books For Kids

Some of life’s most tender lessons can be shared best through simple children’s stories. Children’s literature is full of inspiring tales of giving, of being nice to others, and of doing the right thing, even when it’s not easy. Here in this list we’ve gathered the best kids books about helping others.

The messages in the books on this list can be helpful for kids (and adults!) of all ages, whether it’s a board book for a young child that shares a lesson about using kind words, a picture book with a message about kindness for middle school age kids, or a chapter book a family reads together about not judging. Children’s books have a unique ability to present these powerful lessons about helping others through encouraging, memorable, and inspiring stories.

There are three types of book on the list: board books, picture books, and chapter books. You can filter the list by type or browse the full list. You can also use the table of contents to jump to specific ideas, like helping others and friendship or helping others and sharing.

We hope this list is a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others teaching kids about helping others. Let us know what books you would add to the list!

A Sick Day for Amos McGee book
A Sick Day for Amos McGee
Written by Philip C. Stead and illustrated by Erin E. Stead
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

THE BEST SICK DAY EVER and the animals in the zoo feature in this striking picture book debut. Friends come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In Amos McGee’s case, all sorts of species, too! Every day he spends a little bit of time with each of his friends at the zoo, running races with the tortoise, keeping the shy penguin company, and even reading bedtime stories to the owl. But when Amos is too sick to make it to the zoo, his animal friends decide it’s time they returned the favor. A Sick Day for Amos McGee is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children’s Book of the Year and the winner of the 2011 Caldecott Medal. This title has Common Core connections.

Sisters Are for Making Sand Castles book
Sisters Are for Making Sand Castles
Written by Harriet Ziefert and illustrated by Chris Demarest
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

You can climb a tree with a sister, or have a pillow fight, or ride the see-saw. A sister can keep you company in the back of the car, play dress-up with you, and help you when it’s time to clean up. A sister is a special someone to love. This sweet, lively lift-the-flap book is perfect for sisters and brothers to share. Children will delight in seeing all the fun things there are to do with a sister.

The Peace Book book
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.

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