15 Spanish/Bilingual Books that Promote Kindness in the Classroom
It is time to share books about kindness, not just because it is February, but because we really need to make sure kindness, empathy, tolerance and respect are part of our classroom culture.
Our world is changing daily and we need to make sure our kids are connecting with others, making sure they don't lose that social connection with their friends.
These books are not only a great way to discuss feelings and behavior, they also teach valuable lessons that students can implement every day. Our hope is that we inspired a set of great future leaders!
We hope you enjoy this list!
15 Spanish or Bilingual that Promote Kindness
1. Actos Bondadosos by Rebecca Pettiford (Spanish)
In Actos bondadosos, beginning readers will learn about all the ways they can be kind and considerate in their daily lives. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text engage young readers as they discover how they can build character by showing kindness.
by Carol McCloud (Bilingual)
Your school might be already using the system of "filling a buckets" and we are so glad there is a bilingual version available. Did you know this is the updated and revised version?
This heartwarming book encourages positive behavior by using the concept of an invisible bucket to show children how easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation and love by "filling buckets."
Los superheroes son superamables by Kathy Cleaver (Bilingual)
Ricky "saves the day" with kindness and learns to be kind to himself, others, animals and the earth.
4.Share and Take Turns/Comparte y turna by Cheri J. Meiners M.Ed. (Bilingual)
Sharing is a social skill all children need to learn. This book presents sharing as a positive choice and offers concrete examples to help children practice taking turns and realize the benefits of sharing.
This book also includes a special section for adults, with discussion questions, games, activities, and tips that reinforce improving social skills.
5. I Like Your Buttons! by Sarah Marwill Lamstein (Bilingual)
“I like your buttons, Mrs. Sutton-Jones!” Kind words can be contagious. Cassandra’s simple compliment to her teacher starts off a chain reaction of kindness through the teachers and students at school, adults at work, and families at home. Soon, the entire neighborhood is in a good mood! Cassandra’s kindheartedness comes full circle when her father comes home with a surprise, which Cassandra inadvertently helped happen. Learn how quickly kind words can spread and how easy it is to be a nice person, all while learning a new language!
6. Anabel's Shoes / Los Zapatos de Anabel by Frances Ruiz (Bilingual)
Be grateful for what you have! A beautifully illustrated bilingual story about a young girl on a journey through a forest full of friendly animals. She learns a lesson on the kindness of others and appreciating what she has. Following the movement of teaching kindness and important social values, this is an ideal story for parents to read together with their children and initiate discussions on valuable life lessons.
7. Cuenta con mi amabilidad by Debby Anderson (Spanish)
In this fun, colorful book, kids will learn how to be kind to others while acquiring basic math skills such as addition, subtraction, counting, measuring, and more.
8. Sharing Time / Tiempo para compartir by Elizabeth Verdick (Bilingual)
Sometimes it’s fun to share, and sometimes it’s hard. In both English and Spanish, this book offers simple choices (take turns, use it together, wait for another time) to make sharing easier, and shows them where to turn for help when sharing is difficult.
9.Bondad (Sentimientos) by Sarah Medina (Spanish)
In this book, children explore the feeling of caring; how to recognize it and how to take appropriate action when they have those feelings.
Pablo Pineda is the first European with Down Syndrome to obtain a university degree. A teacher, a writer, and an actor, he radiates charisma and the will to learn. This is his endearing story, which reminds us that the only disability is not understanding that all of us have different abilities. This book is also available in English: Pablo Pineda: Being different is a value (What Really Matters)
A young boy's summer is ruined when a new kid in town becomes his number one enemy. Luckily the boy's father has a recipe for enemy pie that will save the day. Enemy pie only works if the two enemies spend the whole day together. Along the way they become friends. This charming book teaches the importance of an open mind and the inaccuracy of prejudices.
12. Hands Are Not for Hitting / Las manos no son para pegar by Martine Agassi (Bilingual)
Students learn that hitting is never okay, hands can do many good things, and everyone is capable of positive, loving actions. Includes tips for adults.
13.El primer San Valentin de Clifford by Norman Bridwell (Spanish)
Clifford is a favorite in many classes. On this book, he is so tiny that he can fit into Emily Elizabeth's pocket, the small red puppy Clifford gets into a heap of trouble as he gets covered with valentine paste, falls into a post office chute, and disappears in a mountain of mail. Original.
14.Huggy Kissy/Abrazos y besitos by Leslie Patricelli (Bilingual)
When you’re an adorable bald baby, your family finds lots of ways to show you how much they love you: Mommy lifts you uppy, Daddy kisses you on the tummy, and everyone wants to snuggle. What’s not to love? With comedy and warmth, Leslie Patricelli offers a universal tribute to love and affection in a board book that is now available in a dual Spanish-English edition.
15.Talk and Work It Out / Hablar y resolver by Cheri J. Meiners (Bilingual)
What’s the best way to solve problems between people? By talking them over and working them out. It’s never too soon for children to learn the process of peaceful conflict resolution. This book distills it into clear, simple language and supporting illustrations. Children learn to calm themselves, state the problem, listen, think of solutions, try one, evaluate results, and even agree to disagree when a solution isn’t possible. Includes conflict resolution skill building games and role plays for adults to use with children.
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- Juliana Suarez