In Growing Up With a Bucket Full of Happiness, author Carol McCloud continues teaching about bucket filling. Bucket filling is an art that everyone can continue to practice, no matter their age. This book does a wonderful job of helping kids advance their bucket filling skills as they grow older. Each chapter goes into the important rules of bucket filling: one, be a bucket filler; two, don’t dip; and three, use your lid. These rules are accompanied by any information that kids who are practicing bucket filling may need to be a great bucket filler! To help bucket fillers practice, there are activities included in the book so that everyone can be a great bucket filler.
It is a highly reviewed book with Kirkus Reviews, Books That Heal Kids and Batch of Books, all having something to say. Kirkus Reviews says, “...The work lays out three rules for readers—children as well as adults—to find happiness in their lives. All three revolve around the author’s concept of people having buckets they can either fill for themselves or others…Opportunities to fill buckets abound. As McCloud points out, every instance of simple kindness helps to fill buckets…An inviting guide for children (and their parents) to cultivating happiness and helping others”
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Batch of Books love how it is a bucket filler book for kids in upper elementary and middle school. Dena of Batch of Books says, “This book is for older children in upper elementary and middle school. It delves deeper into the concept of bucket filling and dipping. It talks about things like bullying, accidental or thoughtless bucket dipping, and when having an empty bucket isn’t your fault. It discusses ways for kids to keep their buckets full and avoid things that will empty their buckets (like cheating and cyberbullying). It also talks about developing talents, working hard, and standing up for others. I love the concept of an invisible bucket that everyone carries with them. It’s a great lesson for kids of all ages to learn. This book helps kids understand the basic concepts of kindness and honesty and how they will help increase their happiness.”
As with many of the other bucket filler books, Growing Up With a Bucket Full of Happiness has many resources available. On the Bucket Filler website, lesson plans that correspond with each chapter in the book are available. This is alongside the many other teaching tools and kid’s activities that have been created for the Bucket Filler series. Teachers Pay Teachers also has excellent resources that cater to the older audience of this book. Teaching at the River has created activities at differentiated levels for both younger and older students. This is great so that this book can be used to teach kids of all ages!
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Sovann Hyde is an intern at Cardinal Rule Press and studying at Michigan State University. She enjoys writing and reading in her free time as well as gaming with friends. Jetta, Gryffin, and Bella, her family’s dogs and cat, keep her energetic and curious