Bucket Fillers Reading Day

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

“When our buckets are full, we are happy; when they are empty, we are sad. It is important to know that we can fill our own bucket and so can others. We can dip into buckets too.”
Author, Carol McCloud

Embracing Our Differences, in partnership with Manatee and Sarasota County school districts, will again offer a unique classroom reading opportunity during the 2020-2021 school year promoting kindness though "bucket filling" in our schools, homes and communities.

Classroom & Volunteer Sign-Up

Please check back in August for the fall 2020 Bucket Fillers Reading Day classroom and volunteer sign-ups.

All volunteers will read to students virtually this year, and classroom and student books will still be distributed via methods consistent with individual district re-opening plans.

Book Selections

The selections below are designed to promote kindness, appreciation and love by "filling buckets." Participating classrooms will be gifted with a copy of a book below.

Fill A Bucket 
This award-winning prequel to Have You Filled a Bucket Today? is the perfect gift for anyone with little ones they love. When children have their buckets filled and learn how they can fill other people's buckets too, they understand how special, valuable, and capable they are.

First Grade
Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids
  This 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." This book also helps readers understand that "bucket dipping" is a negative behavior, not a permanent label, and that it's possible to fill or dip into our own buckets.

Second Grade
Bucket Filling from A to Z
  This book uses the letters of the alphabet to help young and old see the many, simple ways they can fill others buckets while also filling their own. When you help children become bucket fillers, you give them the key to happiness, for it is in friendship, love and good will to others that we are truly happy. Yes, bucket filling is the moment by moment choice to be kind and caring. 

Third Grade
Buckets, Dippers and Lids: Secrets to Your Happiness  We “use our lid” to protect and keep the happiness inside our bucket. Offering charming illustrations with personified buckets, dippers and lids, readers learn what gives happiness, what takes it away and what protects it. This concrete concept helps children grow in understanding, kindness, self-control, resilience, empathy and forgiveness.

Additionally, all participating students will receive their very own copy of either My Very Own Bucket Filling from A to Z Coloring Book (Kindergarten & First Grade) or My Bucket filling Journal: 30 Days to a Happier Life (Second & Third Grade).


About Bucket Fillers Reading Day

“Bucket filling" is when individuals, without being asked, give compliments and spread good feelings to others. The Bucket Fillers’ books are heartwarming stories that encourage 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.”

People who "dip" into our buckets often rob us of happy feelings by refusing to help with a task or by saying and doing cruel things. The simple metaphor of a bucket helps all age-levels understand the importance of consideration and love, particularly towards those who bully. 

  1. Be a bucket filler. You can fill a bucket by sharing kindness, love, or even simply a smile with those around you. Be a helper, be a good friend and you'll fill your own bucket as well as the buckets of everyone you meet. 
  2. Don't dip into buckets! Often bullies have empty buckets themselves. But dipping into someone else's bucket won't fill your own. Don't be rude or mean to others. 
  3. Use your lid. Every bucket has a lid, of course. Use yours to protect yourself from bullies who may say or do hurtful things. Don't let their mean ideas sneak into your bucket of positive thoughts and emotions. 

One way to promote kindness and caring behaviors in classrooms is to model them. When we show our students what it looks and sounds like to be kind, there is a far greater chance they will repeat those modeled behaviors and value themselves and each other while being helpful and compassionate classmates.

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