The Best Children’s Books About Giving

“What are the best Children’s books about Giving?” We looked at 62 of the top Kids Giving books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 12 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Kids Giving ” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 50 titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

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Top 12 Best Children’s Books About Giving



12 .) Boxes for Katje written by Candace Fleming and Stacey Dressen-McQueen

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Grow Your Giving

Simple seeds of friendship grow into something extraordinary After World War II there is little left in Katje’s town of Olst in Holland.



11 .) Last Stop on Market Street written by Matt de la Pena

Lists It Appears On:

  • BuzzFeed
  • Doing Good Together

Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don’t own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn’t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty—and fun—in their routine and the world around them. This energetic ride through a bustling city highlights the wonderful perspective only grandparent and grandchild can share, and comes to life through Matt de la Pena’s vibrant text and Christian Robinson’s radiant illustrations.



10 .) The Gift of Nothing written by Patrick McDonnell

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Read Brightly

Mooch the cat tries to think of a gift to give his friend Earl the dog.



9 .) The Invisible Boy written by Trudy Ludwig

Lists It Appears On:

  • BuzzFeed
  • Read Brightly

A simple act of kindness can transform an invisible boy into a friend… Meet Brian, the invisible boy. Nobody ever seems to notice him or think to include him in their group, game, or birthday party… until, that is, a new kid comes to class. When Justin, the new boy, arrives, Brian is the first to make him feel welcome. And when Brian and Justin team up to work on a class p A simple act of kindness can transform an invisible boy into a friend



8 .) The Quilt Maker’s Gift written by Jeff Brumbeau

Lists It Appears On:

  • Self Sufficient Kids
  • UMC Disciple Ship

When a generous quiltmaker finally agrees to make a quilt for a greedy king but only under certain conditions, she causes him to undergo a change of heart.



7 .) Under the Lemon Moon written by Edith Hope

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Self Sufficient Kids

The theft of all the lemons from her lemon tree leads Rosalinda to an encounter with la Anciana, the Old One, who walks the Mexican countryside helping things grow, and to an understanding of generosity and forgiveness.



6 .) One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference written by Katie Smith Milway

Lists It Appears On:

  • Grow Your Giving
  • Read Brightly
  • UMC Disciple Ship

Inspired by true events, One Hen tells the story of Kojo, a boy from Ghana who turns a small loan into a thriving farm and a livelihood for many.



5 .) The Berenstain Bears Think of Those in Need written by Jan and Stan Berenstain

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Grow Your Giving
  • Read Brightly

Stuff in the closets, stuff in the drawers, stuff in the attic–too much stuff everywhere! Mama Bear convinces the family that cleaning out the house can not only simplify their cluttered lives, but also benefit those who are in need!



4 .) Those Shoes written by Maribeth Boelts

Lists It Appears On:

  • BuzzFeed
  • Doing Good Together
  • UMC Disciple Ship

But all the kids are wearing them! Any child who has ever craved something out of reach will relate to this warm, refreshingly realistic story. “I have dreams about those shoes. Black high-tops. Two white stripes.” All Jeremy wants is a pair of those shoes, the ones everyone at school seems to be wearing. But Jeremy’s grandma tells him they don’t have room for “want,” just “need,” and what Jeremy needs are new boots for winter. When Jeremy’s shoes fall apart at school, and the guidance counselor gives him a hand-me-down pair, the boy is more determined than ever to have those shoes, even a thrift-shop pair that are much too small. But sore feet aren’t much fun, and Jeremy comes to realize that the things he has — warm boots, a loving grandma, and the chance to help a friend — are worth more than the things he wants.



3 .) The Spiffiest Giant in Town written by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler George

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Grow Your Giving
  • Read Brightly

George wishes he wasn’t the scruffiest giant in town. So one day he visits a new shop that’s full of spiffy clothes. He buys new pants, a new shirt, a striped tie, and shiny shoes, and soon George is the spiffiest giant in town. But on his way home, George meets various animals who desperately need his help…and his clothes!



2 .) The Giving Book: Open the Door to a Lifetime of Giving written by Ellen Sabin

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Grow Your Giving
  • Self Sufficient Kids

This spiral-bound, book combines colorful illustrations and entertaining narrative with fun learning activities, inspiring youngsters to give back to the world.



1 .) The Giving Tree written by Shel Silverstein

Lists It Appears On:

  • BuzzFeed
  • Grow Your Giving
  • Read Brightly

“Once there was a tree…and she loved a little boy.” So begins a story of unforgettable perception, beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein. Every day the boy would come to the tree to eat her apples, swing from her branches, or slide down her trunk…and the tree was happy. But as the boy grew older he began to want more from the tree, and the tree gave and gave and gave. This is a tender story, touched with sadness, aglow with consolation. Shel Silverstein has created a moving parable for readers of all ages that offers an affecting interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another’s capacity to love in return.




The 50 Additional Best Kids Books About Or Featuring Giving



# Books Authors Lists
13 A Chair for My Mother Vera Williams.
Doing Good Together
14 A Kid’s Guide to Giving Freddi Zeiler Grow Your Giving
15 A Shelter in Our Car Monica Gunning
Doing Good Together
16 A Sick Day for Amos McGee Philip C. Stead and Erin E. Stead BuzzFeed
17 Changing Places: A Kid’s View of Shelter Living Judy Wallace
Doing Good Together
18 Dear Mr. Rosenwald Carole Boston Weatherford
Doing Good Together
19 Don’t Say a Word, Mama Joe Hayes Self Sufficient Kids
20 Each Kindness Jacqueline Woodson BuzzFeed
21 Enemy Pie Derek Munson BuzzFeed
22 Fly Away Home Eve Bunting
Doing Good Together
23 Give Me Half! Stuart J. Murphy Grow Your Giving
24 Giving Thanks Jonathan London Self Sufficient Kids
25 Giving Thanks: a Native American Good Morning Message Chief Jake Swamp Self Sufficient Kids
26 Great Joy Kate DiCamillo
Doing Good Together
27 Harold Loves His Wooly Hat Read Brightly
28 Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids Carol McCloud BuzzFeed
29 Horton Hears a Who Dr. Seuss BuzzFeed
30 Hungry Planet: What the World Eats Peter Menzel
Doing Good Together
31 I’m Thankful Each Day! P. K. Hallinan Self Sufficient Kids
32 It’s Mine! Read Brightly
33 Lily and the Paper Man Rebecca Upjohn
Doing Good Together
34 Maddi’s Fridge Lois Brandt
Doing Good Together
35 Mama, I’ll Give You the World Roni Schotter Grow Your Giving
36 Me First UMC Disciple Ship
37 One Potato, Two Potato Cynthia DeFelice
Doing Good Together
38 Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed Emily Pearson and Fumi Kosaka BuzzFeed
39 Rude Cakes Rowboat Watkins BuzzFeed
40 Rufus and Ryan Give Thanks Kathleen Long Bostrom Grow Your Giving
41 Sam and the Lucky Money Karen Chinn
Doing Good Together
42 Should I Share My Ice Cream? Mo Willems Self Sufficient Kids
43 Strega Nona’s Harvest Read Brightly
44 Thankful Eileen Spinelli Self Sufficient Kids
45 Thanks a Million Nikki Grimes Self Sufficient Kids
46 The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving Jan & Mike Berenstain Self Sufficient Kids
47 The Berenstain Bears Learn to Share UMC Disciple Ship
48
The Case of Stuart’s Ship: A Lesson in Stewardship
UMC Disciple Ship
49 The Clown of God UMC Disciple Ship
50
The Give-Away: A Christmas Story in the Native American Tradition
UMC Disciple Ship
51 The Good Garden: How One Family Went from Hunger to Having Enough Katie Smith Milway
Doing Good Together
52 The Lady in the Box Ann McGovern
Doing Good Together
53 The Man in the Clouds Read Brightly
54 The Mitten Tree UMC Disciple Ship
55 The Teddy Bear David McPhail
Doing Good Together
56 The Thankful Book Todd Parr Self Sufficient Kids
57 The Three Questions Jon J Muth BuzzFeed
58 Tight Times Barbara Shook Hazen
Doing Good Together
59 Too Many Toys UMC Disciple Ship
60 Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen DyAnn DiSalvo-Ryan
Doing Good Together
61 We All Sing With the Same Voice J. Philip Miller and Sheppard M. Greene BuzzFeed
62 What Is Given from the Heart Read Brightly


7 Best Giving Children’s Book Sources/Lists



Source Article
Barnes & Noble 6 Picture Books About the Joy of Giving
BuzzFeed 13 Children’s Books That Encourage Kindness Toward Others
Doing Good Together Picture Books that Illuminate Hunger, Poverty, & Homelessness
Grow Your Giving 10 Children’s Books About Giving
Read Brightly 11 Picture Books to Teach Children About Giving to Others
Self Sufficient Kids 12 of the Best Children’s Books About Gratitude and Generosity
UMC Disciple Ship Children’s Books on Giving, Sharing, and Generosity
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