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6 Great Books About Giving for Preschoolers

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Whenever we go to the store, my 3 and 4-year-old add new items to their birthday and Christmas wish lists. The newest requests? One of those giant blow-up Santas. Yes, our local home improvement store is already breaking out the life-sized Christmas decorations. Since my preschoolers’ minds are turning to getting, I thought we’d pull out six of our favorite picture books about giving, beyond The Giving Tree, that are great bedtime reads all year round.

The Mitten Tree

A woman whose children have grown surprises all the neighborhood children with mittens. It’s a perfect wintertime tale to read after the year’s first snow while sipping a mug of hot cocoa.

The Curious Garden

Liam nurtures a garden in his drab neighborhood, inspiring others to do the same. Beautiful illustrations and railroad tracks make this one a favorite of my train-obsessed three-year-old.

Horton Hears a Who!

The classic Dr. Seuss tale, in which Horton fights to save the Whos and reminds us that “a person’s a person, no matter how small” a sentiment that resonates with the little people in our house. My four-year-old dubbed this one the best book ever, a crown he bestows on a new book weekly, but a good review nonetheless.

A Sick Day for Amos McGee

Zookeeper Amos McGee does thoughtful things for his animal buddies every day. When Amos comes down with a nasty cold, they repay the favor.

Because Amelia Smiled

A little girl’s grin sets off a linked tale of kind acts around the world.  It’s a lovely reminder of the way that even small acts of generosity matter.

Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons

What, exactly, does it mean to be generous? According to this book, it means offering some of your chocolate chip cookies to others. The cookie-centric definitions are ones preschoolers can easily grasp. Best read with a fresh-baked cookie of your own.

What about you? Any favorite picture books about giving in your house?

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