This is Part Three of a Six Part Series on the 50 Books Every Child Should Read Before they Turn 8.

All of these books teach valuable life lessons on:

Responsibility
Perseverance
Family & Friends
Courage
Exploration & Discovery
Kindness

*You can click on the book covers below to go to Amazon to purchase the book. Please note these are affiliate links – you can support the mission of Project Stella Resources through your book purchase!

Know a young person (ages 5-15) that demonstrates kindness and compassion to others? Nominate him or her to be featured in “52 Kids who ROCK: Inspiring Stories of young people that Radiate Outrageous Compassion & Kindness”.

The Curious Garden

Peter Brown (2009)
Ages 3-6

Liam lives in a dreary town and discovers some sad plants by the railroad tracks.  Through care he transforms and brings color to his world.

Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present

Charlotte Zolotow/Maurice Sendak (1977)
Ages 4-8

A young girl asks a rabbit for help in finding the perfect gift for her mom.  As they go through her mom’s favorite colors a perfect gift is discovered.

If You Plant a Seed

Kadir Nelson (2015)
Ages 4-8

A rabbit and a mouse plant seeds for a garden but other animals want the plants that grow.  They learn to cooperate and be kind to each other through sharing.

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters

John Steptoe (2008)
Ages 4-8

Two sisters, both beautiful but one selfish and the other one kind, journeys to see the Great King who is looking for a wife. This is an African tale where the true nature of someone and not beauty is important.

The Giving Tree

Shel Silverstein (1964)
Ages 1-8

A tree in the forest shows kindness to a boy as he grows up providing what the boy needs into adulthood

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