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