November to Gymboree Play & Music means giving thanks, giving back and being kind. And, in honor of World Kindness Day, we are celebrating KINDNESS all month long! Our expert programming team compiled their top book recommendations to teach about the joys and importance of spreading a little kindness!
Thank You, Omu! By Oge Mora
Omu is preparing a thick red stew that smells so delicious, everyone in town wants a bowl! This heartwarming story about sharing and community was chosen for this year’s “Read for the Record” campaign by Jumpstart, in which millions of children and adults are brought together to read in classrooms, libraries, community centers, and homes across the world.
Last Stop on Market Street By Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson
Every Sunday after church, CJ takes the bus with his grandma through town. With Grandma’s help, CJ learns that you can find beauty and value in everything around you.
Stick and Stone By Oge Mora
Meet Stick and Stone. They stick up for each other ‘cause friends rock! This pair become fast friends when Stick rescues Stone from a mean pinecone. Can Stone return the favor when Stick gets stuck in the mud?
Do Unto Otters By Laurie Keller
We all know the saying, “Do unto otters as you would have them do unto you.” This playful book lists some different ways otters (and other animals) can be kind to one another.
Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed By Emily Pearson
Can one little girl’s kindness change the world? It was an ordinary day for Mary when she came upon a bush growing blueberries. When she decides to pick them for her neighbor, it sets off a chain reaction that multiplies around the world!