Raising Caring Sons

caring books

I know that all parents want their children to be caring and kind.  However, I do find it is more accepted that girls are caring and kind.  Boys on the other hand are often dismissed as ‘boys will be boys’, but I don’t want this for my sons and I HATE that saying.

Boys need to learn how to be caring and kind too and yes my littlest more often than not can be physical and even aggressive.  So we’ve been trying to help him understand how to consider others feelings and be a little kinder.  There’s no better way for my two to learn kindness than reading children’s stories.

We have used story books to help teach our children so many things throughout their young lives.  From the arrival of a new baby to learning about castles, we love useful books!  I have collated a set of 5 books that are perfect for instilling a sense of caring and kindness in young children, particularly boys.

  • Cowboys Can Be Kind, by Timothy Knapmann.  A lovely rhyming story book about a little cowboy who needs a little help from his friends to learn why he needs to be kind.

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  • I Love you Mummy, by Igloo Books.  Learning about kindness starts with knowing that you have someone who loves you.  The kindness you show your children will be reflected back to you…eventually…hopefully.

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  • The Giant of Jum, Elli Woolard.  A great story about a giant who intended to find a tasty child shaped snack.  But instead Jack and his friends help him to be more caring and kind.

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  •  Giraffes Can’t Dance, by Giles Andreae.  The Gerald’s friends laugh at him because he can’t dance, but the kind grasshopper shows Gerald that he can do anything.

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  •  Sharing A Shell, by Julia Donaldson.  One of Julia Donaldson’s amazing rhyming story about three friends who learn how to share a shell and be kind towards each other.

What are your favourite caring books?

* This is a collaborative post.



  1. March 10, 2017 / 1:58 pm

    Ooh great recommendations and I’ve never read Sharing a Shell, great to discover a Julia Donaldson book we haven’t read! We’ve read most of these and I particularly love giraffes can’t dance, such a lovely story.

  2. March 13, 2017 / 9:08 pm

    Giraffes can dance is a fab book, I loved reading this with E recently.

  3. March 14, 2017 / 2:15 pm

    Ooh I love the look of these. I miss the days of reading these sorts of books to the boys now that they’re a lot older.

    Stevie x

  4. March 14, 2017 / 7:54 pm

    I haven’t heard of any of these but love the messages they convey will keep an eye out!

  5. April 24, 2017 / 4:23 pm

    I’ve been looking for nice books with a message lately. I quite like the sound of the cowboy one!

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