The benefits of reading to children are proven and multifold. Reading regularly — even to toddlers who have not started speaking — can boost language skills, prepare children for school, and introduce them to and engage them with a range of new topics.
Reading to children is a great way to introduce growing minds to the idea of giving charitably. If you are a parent or educator, why not give yourself a reading challenge this month? How many stories can you feature at storytime about giving to others?
It’s a natural fit as reading also helps develop empathy. You can put yourself in the shoes of diverse characters through stories in a book. A study from the University of Toronto found that individuals who read more also tended to have more empathy and understanding for others.
To help you out, we have put together a list of suggested titles that can spark generosity. While these are kids’ books, they can inspire the young and old alike to experience the joy of giving.
The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein — A classic story about a tree that gives to help out its best friend.
Have You Filled a Bucket Today?, by Carol McCloud, illustrated by David Messing — A well-loved tome teaching kids that helping others can help them experience more happiness themselves.
The Giving Book, by Ellen Sabin — Originally the author wrote this as a gift for her young niece and it took off, gaining praise from parents and educators.
Pass It On, by Sophy Henn — An uplifting story about sharing life’s little joys with others. The resounding message is, if it’s a smile or a good deed, “pass it on”.
The Berenstain Bears Think of Those In Need, by Jan and Stan Berenstain — The most famous family of bears learns lessons about giving to others when they clean out their home.
What Is Given from the Heart, by Patricia C. McKissak, illustrated by April Harrison — A touching story about finding something to give, even when you don’t have wealth.
How do these resonate with you? Do you have any other favourite kids’ books about giving? Let us know at @wearecharitable.
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