These bedtime stories to teach kindness are not patronising or sickly-sweet. These are better writers. Children will love the funny sweet stories and beautiful illustrations, but the notion of kindness (rather than lack of empathy and bullying) will sink in, just before sleep.
The Go-Away Bird is a gorgeous story of friendship, for children to learn about working together. ‘The Go-Away bird sat up in her nest, with her fine grey wings and her fine grey crest’. One by one, the other birds fly into her tree – wanting to talk or to play. But the Go-Away Bird just shakes her head, and sends them all away. But then the dangerous ‘Get-You’ bird comes along. She soon realises she might need some friends after all…..
Over the Moon is a sweet book about two wolves, who find a baby floating down a river. What do they do? Why, they take the baby home. Over the moon with joy, they nourish and teach her. And when that baby grows into a child, she and the wolves know that she will be ready to make her way.
Spork is a bit of both. His (spoon) mother and (fork) father think he’s perfect, just as he is. But he stands out, as all the other cutlery belong with those like themselves. He watches from the drawer at dinnertime, as others get to play with the food and then enjoy a nice warm bath in the sink. But one morning, a messy thing arrives that has never heard of cutlery customs. Will Spork finally find his place at the table?
Stick and Stone is the story of how Stick rescues Stone from a prickly situation with a Pinecone. They become fast friends, but when Stick gets stuck, can Stone return the favour. A subtle anti-bullying message.
A Home for Bird is a story with a surprising twist. Vernon the toad is out foraging for interesting things, when he comes across a small blue bird. He talks to Bird, who says nothing. He introduces him to his friends and takes him places, but still Bird says nothing. ‘Bird is shy’, thinks Toad, ‘but a very good listener’.