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Have You Filled a Bucket Today?: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids

Have You Filled a Bucket Today?: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids

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by Carol McCloud, David Messing (Illustrator), Merrill Lundgren (Foreword by)

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This heartwarming book encourages positive behavior by using the concept of an invisible bucket to show children how easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation, and love by "filling buckets." Updated and revised, this 10th anniversary edition will help readers better understand that "bucket dipping" is a negative behavior, not a permanent label. It


This heartwarming book encourages positive behavior by using the concept of an invisible bucket to show children how easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation, and love by "filling buckets." Updated and revised, this 10th anniversary edition will help readers better understand that "bucket dipping" is a negative behavior, not a permanent label. It also explains that it's possible to fill or dip into our own buckets.
Winner:2016 Great Northwest Book Festival, Honorable Mention, Children's Books
2016 Great Southwest Book Festival, Winner, Children's Books

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Nelson Publishing & Marketing
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Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.10(d)
AD710L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Carol McCloud has authored or coauthored seven additional books on “bucket filling.” With a small team of educators, she travels around the world with one goal in mind: to help create happier lives. Carol is a graduate of Oakland University School of Education (Rochester, MI), a certified Emotional Intelligence Trainer, and long-time member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

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Have You Filled a Bucket Today? 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My children's school was lucky enough to have the author come and read this amazing book to them. The pictures in the book are beautiful and the story is perfect.It deals with making the world better through your own actions. When you walk the halls at school you hear 'don't be a bucket dipper' or 'no bucket dipping' and the kids have taken turns filling peoples buckets with kind words and thoughful actions. This should be a book that is read to every kid in the USA.
tchrreader More than 1 year ago
As a school counselor, I read these books to every student in our school. This is a good series and it has a great message about filling up other people's buckets instead of dipping into each others buckets. We actually use the language around the school, are filling up others buckets or dipping into them. This is a great message for everyone. If you help to fill other peoples buckets, you actually are helping to fill your own bucket as well. A great message that everyone should read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As an elementary school counselor I recently used this book with several girls who were having difficulty getting along. We had talked through the "GIRL ISSUES" and this book brought excellent closure to the concept of how we effect the lives of others.
Irenes More than 1 year ago
When was the last time you read a child's book that had appeal to an adult audience as well? Have You Filled a Bucket Today is a wonderfully simple invitation to become more aware of the power of our words. The simple practices of loving kindness and courtesy ignite a life of possibilities and promise. This book can be read in a few minutes and its message can be experienced for a lifetime.
BarbaraG More than 1 year ago
Are you looking for a colorful read-aloud to inspire a habit of caring in your little sponges? Then check out Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud. This beautifully-illustrated metaphor for life offers concrete ways for children to connect their feelings with their behavior with simple, everyday examples about making emotional deposits into invisible buckets: smiling at someone, writing a thank-you note, or giving a compliment. When people fill someone else's bucket with a kindness, their own bucket also fills up, generating positive feelings and self-esteem. Conversely, it also touches upon emotional withdrawals. People who take away our happy feelings with negative actions like ignoring, teasing, or bullying are bucket-dipping. People cannot fill their own buckets by dipping out of someone else's. To soak up the concept, have your children reflect upon their own lives. Process the differences between bucket-filling (caring) and bucket-dipping (uncaring) behaviors and ask them for examples. The concept of moving from "me-centered" to "we-centered" is brought to life through the wonderful analogy in this book; I enthusiastically recommend it!
Ameri More than 1 year ago
this book is very well written and so very true. it teaches children how to give back and care about others and self.
love2teachTX More than 1 year ago
Just a wonderfully simple way to introduce kids to putting others before themselves.
mteacher More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book about how to treat others. I read it to my first grade class and they loved it. They are always letting others know if they are being a "bucket filler" or "bucket dipper."
scrapbooker45 More than 1 year ago
I used this book in my 3rd grade classroom the first week of school. The children are able to relate to the characters. This book can be used for all elementary grades.After reading and discussing the book,I gave each student a paper bucket to write their ideas of how to fill their classmates' buckets. Each student wrote several ways to fill someone's bucket and we refer to the paper buckets throughout the year. I recommend this for anyone's personal and/or professional library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a book! I read this with my kids and we talked about taking other people's feelings into consideration. A great book to help the "younger" ones understand about other people. I got it along with 3 other books: A Light in the Attic, Nose Pickin, and Pumpkin Guts. These books of poetry have some wonderful messages in them as well. Great for your collection!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a marvelous way for young children to understand their world and how it affects others. It is such a pleasant story and helpful way to teach youngsters the meaning of others feelings. It brought many discussions to their minds all by themselves. And at many times after reading this book, they say "do you need your bucket filled mom?" or "I need my bucket filled".
PsPinYuma More than 1 year ago
I read this story to a small group of young children at a support group for witnesses of domestic violence. The story brought comfort and hope to the kids, who then took it home in their hearts to share with family members. "Where's your bucket, Mom?" and "Is your bucket full today, Mom?" These were questions they asked before explaining the story's message to parents! An awesome work for healing a child's heart and giving them tools to change their lives for the future!
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
Have You Filled a Bucket Today  is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter came home from school one day and said that I was a really great mom. A little bit later she said, "Did I fill your bucket?" It was a dose of reality that we need to teach our children exactly how to spread happiness, and in return it fills our buckets. A must read for anyone who needs a happiness reminder!
JessicaR35 More than 1 year ago
My sons kindergarten teacher uses this book to help teach the kids how to treat others and express their feelings. It has been so great to hear about everyone's progress! My son has begun using the terms at home as well to help convey how he is feeling. We're headed to buy the book today for reading at home as well. A must get!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a Kindergarten teacher, I use this book with my class to help them understand the power of words. Told in simple language, it delivers a strong message, particularly in a time when bullying has become such a sensitive subject. I have purchased this book for each of my grandchildren as well.
PastorCarol More than 1 year ago
This is a must read for all families - regardless of ages. It could also be a theme book for any school to use. The abstract message might need explaining for children under 5.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite Are you a bucket filler or a bucket dipper? Not sure what these are? Well, you see, everyone has an invisible bucket. When it’s full, the person is happy. When it’s empty, the person is sad. A bucket filler is someone who helps fill someone else’s bucket by saying or doing something nice. Like telling Mom or Dad that you love them or giving your teacher a 'thank you' note. A bucket dipper is someone who steals from someone else’s bucket by being mean to them, by bullying them. A bucket filler is a happy person, because when you fill someone else’s bucket, you also fill your own. A bucket dipper is very sad, because stealing from someone else’s bucket also empties your own. Children are not the only ones that need to learn how to be truly happy. It’s all in the bucket, that invisible bucket that follows you everywhere. Carol McCloud has written a delightful story, colorfully illustrated by David Messing. Have You Filled A Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids teaches young readers valuable lessons about giving, sharing, and caring. This guide to daily happiness, though, is not just for kids. We all need reminders of the benefits of positive thinking and positive behavior. It’s an important lesson to teach and remind us all, from time to time, that showing kindness and appreciation of others goes a long way to making this world a happier place for everyone, including ourselves. A classic tale, beautifully told and beautifully shared.
book4children More than 1 year ago
This is the original bucket book and my personal favorite. Quite a few kindergarten teachers in this area are using this book in their classrooms. I also took it to church and read it to my class of six year olds. It explains the concept of bucket filling and tells kids the importance of having a full bucket. It gives them ideas on how to fill other people's buckets and keep their own bucket full as well. It also goes into bucket dipping, or trying to steal someone else's happiness. Bucket dipping never works because when you empty someone else's happiness bucket, yours empties too. This is a fantastic book for young children and it teaches a valuable life lesson about kindness. The kinder we are to others, the happier everyone will be. This is a great book for the classroom or at home.
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