- Age Range: 4 - 9 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 4
- Series: Bucketfilling Books
- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: Bucket Fillers; 10th Anniversary edition (October 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 099609993X
- ISBN-13: 978-0996099936
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 0.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 528 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Have You Filled a Bucket Today?: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids (Bucketfilling Books) Paperback – October 1, 2015
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From the Publisher
A concept that helps all ages grow in kindness, self-control, resilience, and forgiveness, all leading to a happier life
In early 2006, there was not one children’s book on the subject of 'bucket filling.' Teachers were looking for tools to address the problem of bullying and bucket filling proved to be a positive, proactive, and effective solution that quickly spread from one 'bucketfilling school' to another.
Fast forward ten years and an entire publishing house, Bucket Fillers with its imprint, Bucket Fillosophy, is dedicated to teaching this concept with books, products and presentations. Today, more than a dozen bucketfilling books for all ages have been published in multiple languages with more than two million copies sold. Thousands of schools around the world use bucket filling as a main component of their character development program.
Have You Filled a Bucket Today?
The book that started it all
This heartwarming book encourages positive behavior by using the concept of an invisible bucket to show how easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation, and love by 'filling buckets.'
Not just for kids
Children are not the only ones that need to learn how to be truly happy.
Fill a bucket every day
Kindness and respect of others goes a long way to making this world a happier place for everyone, including ourselves.
From the Author
This book was first published in 2006 to teach young children, primarily ages 4-9, how to be bucket fillers. Since then, bucket filling has spread around the world to help millions of people of all ages have happier and more rewarding lives. In this revised and updated edition, the verbs "bucket dipping" and "bullying" have replaced the nouns "bucket dipper" and "bully" to help readers understand that "bucket dipping" and "bullying" are negative behaviors (what we are doing) and not permanent labels (who we are). Readers will also learn that you can fill or dip into your own bucket.
I first learned about bucket filling in a seminar for early childhood educators in the 1990s. The speaker, a brain research expert,said it is helpful to think of every person as being born with an invisible bucket. The bucket represents a person's mental and emotional health. You can't see the bucket, but it's there. She said that it is primarily the responsibility of parents and other caregivers to fill a child's bucket. When you hold, caress, nurture, touch, sing, play, and provide loving attention, safety, and care, you fill a child's bucket. Giving that love is filling buckets.
In addition to being loved, children must also be taught how to love others. Children who learn how to express kindness and love lead happier lives. When you care about others and show that love by what you say and do, you feel good and you fill your own bucket, too.
As you read this book with children, use it as an opportunity to model this concept by filling their buckets. Tell them why they are special to you. Help them imagine whose bucket they might fill and what they could say or do to fill a bucket. Tell them whose bucket you filled that day. Practice with them to become daily bucket fillers. Very quickly they will experience the pride and joy of filling buckets.
Learn more about bucket filling through our website, bucketfillers101.com, and be sure to sign up for our free e-newsletter,BUCKET FILLOSOPHY® 101. Keep filling buckets and your bucket will always be full.
From the Back Cover
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. For more information on bucket filling and free downloadables and resources, visit bucketfillers101.com.
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All that said, the message and original concept of this book fully warrants it's awards. But you have to read to a kid that is the perfect age. After they get older they might actually find this bucket analogy a little confusing. I am thinking it might have helped if it were an object that could take on it's normal role in the metaphor. The things done with this bucket in this story...I am not sure my son will ever see it as similar to his bucket he plays with in the bath. Making it a hypothetical bucket, and then outlining the rules of that bucket for over ten pages, is not exactly the idea kid's book formula.
Hopefully when my son gets older this will all makes sense to me and him both, and this bucket will help him remember to be kind to those around him, but I have my doubts. Quite frankly, the book lays out a complicated scenario, if you really think about it. I mean, is a kid supposed to take notes on all the possible pros and cons of being nice to folks? I know, I'm reading way into a book that is for kids, but I am very curious at what age any of this makes sense to my son at all, and if that will happen before he loses interest in a book that seems to just be about buckets. It's not like it's about balls, trucks, or cats. Sure, it's about kindness...but maybe this is best for kids who are just starting to read books on their own. In that context maybe they will have the room to ponder the book's advice, but it just doesn't seem very compelling for a broad age range of kids.
As for the book itself, it's very nicely made. It will definently survive my 4 year old reading it alone. He's gentle so if your child is still rough, this may be a parent and them type adventure. The colors and drawings are beautifully executed and there are no errors that I noticed up front.
The concept of the story is awesome. I've heard of this before but I love how it's illustrated for younger children. I disagree with other parents who complained the book didn't explain about "filling your own bucket" because that's something YOU should be going into depth with. This book can't cover EVERYTHING but it opens a GREAT conversation with you and your children. This book gives you key words to work with and they even have additional free printouts available on their website. There are other books in the series that seem like they will be also fun to explore.
I would reccomend this to parents who are trying to teach manners, emotions, and possibly as a tool to explain mean people or sad people.