Thursday, November 14, 2019

World Kindness Day

Reine Lefebre and Margot before a Window
by Mary Cassatt, 1902
"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see." ~ Mark Twain 

I know I am a few days late but truly, it's never too late to be kind. November 13 is World Kindness Day. Spread some kindness with these lovely tales?


The Best Wish - Serbia

Evil Allures But Good Endures – Russia

The Fairy Shilling – Ireland

Great Joy the Ox – India

How the Kangaroo Got Her Pouch – Australia

Lord of the Cranes - China

Native American Stories About Kindness to Animals

Old Woman Who Was Kind to Insects – Inuit/Native American

The Princess Mouse – Finland

Selekana and the River God – South Africa

The Two Jeebi-ug or a Trial of Feeling – Native American/Ojibwa


Folktales for a Better World: Stories of Peace and Kindness - Seven stories celebrating peace, kindness, and forgiveness from seven countries that have all suffered from wars and conflicts in recent times told by an award-winning author.

Kindness Tales: World Folktales to Talk About by Margaret Read MacDonald. “Kindness Tales contains more than forty folktales that illustrate the transformative power of kindness through leading, sharing and caring for one another. These stories share a common theme of using thoughtful and sometimes generous acts of kindness to make the world better.” You can’t go wrong with any collection of stories by this esteemed author.

Thirty-five Children's Books That Teach Empathy and Kindness


55 + Kindness Activities for Kids

Teach Kids Kindness with Crafts


Helpful Animals and Compassionate Humans in Folklore – “Through examining several examples of helpful animal tales from around the world, students will learn about humans living in cooperation with the land and sea and with the beasts that inhabit them. In many helpful animal tales, the animal only offers its aid in return for a kindness done by or promised by a human.” Resources for K-5.

Random Acts of Kindness Foundation – From PreK – High School there is curriculum for every grade level, including posters for your school, information on how to start a Kindness Club, and so much more. Be sure to bookmark this site!


Storytelling and Empathy - My previous blog post from my National Storytelling Magazine column.



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