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Share a Story: Kindness Storytime


Did you miss our Kindness Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions so you can create your own heartwarming storytime at home, complete with songs and stories.

Don't need a full storytime? Borrow a rhyme when you need a short distraction, or check out these materials and spend a few minutes reading together.


From Storytime

South by Daniel Duncan

When a lonely fisherman finds an injured bird on his boat, he nurtures it back to health, and--since the bird can no longer migrate with its family--charts a course heading south for the winter. This one's a tearjerker.



Five helpful friends, walking down the road.

One tripped and fell, and started to… ROLL.

The rest ran to the rescue and made her sit down.

How many friends are left walking toward town?

[Count down until all the helpful friends are resting. In the final verse, the lonely walker is going to have to rescue herself.]



IF YOU'RE KIND AND YOU KNOW IT (Tune: If you're happy and you know it)

If you’re kind and you know it, clap your hands.

If you’re helpful and you know it, stomp your feet.

If you’re generous and you know it, peekaboo.

If you’re thoughtful and you know it, shout hooray.


Goat's coat by Tom Percival

Alfonzo the goat is very happy wearing his new coat to stroll through the forest, but as he helps a series of friends in need, his coat becomes increasingly shabby and he finds himself in need.

More Songs and Stories to Enjoy

If you plant a seed by Kadir Nelson

While planting vegetable seeds in their garden, animals learn how a seed of kindness can bear sweet fruit.


"HELLO" WENT THE KIND NEIGHBOR (inspired by jbrary)

“Hello” went the kind neighbor one day, “Hello” went the kind neighbor.

“Hello” went the kind neighbor one day, and they all went “Hello, hello, hello”. But…

We know neighbors go [clap] la de la de la [wavey arms]

[clap] la de la de la [wavey arms], [clap] la de la de la [wavey arms]

We know neighbors go [clap] la de la de la [wavey arms], they don’t go “Hello, hello, hello”.


Hug hug went the kind old friend one day, hug hug went the kind old friend.

Hug hug went the kind old friend one day, and they all went hug hug hug. But…

We know friends go [clap] rub a dub a dub [running arms]

[clap] rub a dub a dub [running arms], [clap] rub a dub a dub [running arms]

We know friends go [clap] rub a dub a dub [running arms], they don’t go hug hug hug.


Knight owls by Eric Seltzer

A band of knight owls demonstrates strength, courage, and kindness, even when facing Phil the dragon.


WE'LL WAVE HELLO TOGETHER (Tune: “Farmer in the Dell”, from Verona Storytime)

We’ll wave hello together,

We’ll wave hello together,

We’ll wave hello together,

‘Cause it’s fun to do.


We’ll give a hug together…

We’ll say “peace” together…

We’ll high five together…

We’ll sit down and listen…


Peace, baby! by Linda Ashman

A frustrating day may feel overwhelming, but everyone wins with Peace, Baby!


Talk about ways to be kind. Decide on something to do that would show kindness to others.


Shelter by Céline Claire

During a storm when all the forest animals are huddled in their dens, two strangers wander into the area and are turned away while seeking shelter, until a little fox shows some kindness and his family is repaid when their roof collapses.