Title: How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids Author: Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer Illustrator: Maurie J. Manning Publisher: Gallup Press (April 1st 2009) Format: Hardcover; Pgs 32 Genre: Children’s Source: Library Ages:3 – 8, Preschool to 3rd Grade
This book provides a great visual to show children how words and actions can either build up a person or knock them down.
After a lesson from his grandfather, Felix wakes up one morning with an invisible bucket of water floating above his head. The bucket is half-full, symbolizing that his day could go either way.
When bad things happen or mean people hurt his feelings, water splashes out; when positive reinforcement is received or acts of kindness are shared, big fat drops fill his bucket.
Felix is starting to get the hang of this and soon he realizes that everyone must have a bucket. What he did not realize was what would happen to his bucket when filling others.
A great resource to start a conversation on empathy and compassion and how even the smallest of things can fill someone’s bucket.