Recommended Books & Resources

The educational value of Caring Cubs projects does not have to be limited to the hour or two we are together. Parents can take advantage of these projects to talk with their children and incorporate social responsibility into their daily reading routine.

Below is a list of recommended children’s books that emphasize caring, kindness, giving to others, volunteerism, and more. This is a great, but not an all-inclusive, list. Please email us ( if you have a title to add!

  • Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller
  • Because of You by B.G. Hennessy
  • Being Cooperative by Jill Lynn Donahue
  • Everybody’s Welcome by Patricia Hegarty
  • The Child’s World of Caring by Jane Blek Moncure
  • The Child’s World of Helping by Jennie Davis
  • Have You Filled a Bucket Today by Carol McCloud
  • Help by Susan Riley
  • How Kind! by Mary Murphy
  • I Walk with Vanessa by Kerascoët
  • Just Critters Who Care by Mercer Mayer
  • Kindness is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler by Margery Cuyler
  • The Kindness Quilt by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
  • Paulie Pastrami Achieves World Peace by James Proimos
  • The Peace Book by Todd Parr
  • The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerfeld
  • Some People Do by Frank Lowe (** illustrated by Caring Cubs founder, Josh Hara!)
  • When I Care About Others by Cornelia Maude Spelman

Families in Northeast Ohio can access free books for their home libraries through these organizations: 

Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank –

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library –

Cleveland Public Library: Discussing Race Resources for raising race-conscious children
Pretty Good Design A compendium of resources to talk about race with children of all ages
Diverse Book Finder Using K-3 storybooks to talk about race with young children