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

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Have You Filled a Bucket Today? The concept of bucket filling is an effective metaphor for encouraging kind and considerate behavior as well as teaching the benefits of positive relationships to children. Full description
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 15th 2007 by Ferne Press (first published May 15th 2006)
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Cheri Ragland
"Have You Filled Your Bucket Today?" is a book about feelings and making the right choices. This book is a simple guide for children to share and learn good thoughts and good feelings. The book uses an invisible bucket, that everyone has, to help illustrate how to fill your bucket and how you would feel with your bucket full. In contrast, it speaks of a bucket dipper and how that feels when you become a bucket dipper. For example, the author writes, "A bucket dipper says or does mean things that...more
I borrowed this book from my son's elementary school library (where I volunteer weekly) after learning about the author at an anti-bullying workshop the school held. I was looking for Growing Up with a Bucket Full of Happiness: Three Rules for a Happier Life but our library didn't have it (eventually I ordered it for the library). They did have this title instead. I pre-read any book that I read to my children to make sure it's appropriate and this book has a really good message. It teaches chil...more
Gwyneth Carson
"Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud and David Messing.After reading this book to my class they have adopted all that it stands for. I hea...moreHave You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud and David Messing.After reading this book to my class they have adopted all that it stands for. I hear my second graders saying "Not me, I'm a bucket filler not a bucket dipper!" I have even brought in a bucket that sits on a book shelf where my students can write quick notes of good deeds th...more
Normally I wouldn't add a children's book to my list, but here's an exception. I was so impressed by this book when I first saw it that I went out and bought it for a future child I might have (whenever that may happen)! The story line makes it very easy for a young child to learn the difference between doing good and doing bad with the use of an invisible bucket that 'everyone in the world carries with them.' When you do good things you fill the buckets of others and your own. When you do bad t...more
A Mae
Jan 22, 2014 A Mae rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Peacemakers
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The cover of this book has been staring at me all year from the shelf it's displayed on in my son's classroom, until I finally picked it up at the library. I was so ready to not like it and dismiss it as simplistic, but I have to admit that the metaphor of the bucket is not only "dead on" but also so wonderfully easy for kids to relate to. It immediately caught my 5 year old's attention that the "filling" goes both ways. He was quite eager to provide his own personal input on various ways to fil...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I LOVE this book!! What a simple concept, and easy to visualize, to encourage kids to be kind to one another, and thereby make themselves happy as well. I've got to order this for my library. Outstanding for the young, and a nice reminder for older readers. Highly recommended!!
Sydney McClure
This is a great book to read to all students in any grade because it helps students to reflect on how they treat others. This correlates with anti-bullying programs and procedures at schools.
Bvlmc Buchanan Verplanck Elementary School
Using child friendly terms and illustrations, this book explains to children why it pays to be loving, kind and thoughtful of others. Using the analogy of a bucket, the author shares examples of things we can do each day to fill the buckets of those we love with good feelings and how our acts of kindness also fill our own buckets. After providing some examples of behaviors that cause us to empty our own buckets and experience negative feelings as well as cause sadness in others, the author encou...more
Mr.Joeseph read it to the class and I liked it.
Jeff Botch
Carol McCloud’s book, “Have You Filled a Bucket Today?“ is a true classic that ALL kids and adults will benefit from.

The story is written in a cute and easy to understand way that allows kids to fully grasp the philosophy that McCloud is outlining.

The basics of the philosophy revolve around an invisible bucket that people carry and the obligation that we have to “fill” other peoples buckets in order to bring them happiness.

The author clearly explains what a “bucket” is, who is carrying the “invi...more
Joanna Price
Ages 6-10. The initial impression this picture book lends is mediocre-- the story has a preaching tone and the bucket metaphor at first glance seems cliche. Walking away from the experience, though, it's hard to shake the idea of bucket filling--that one fills one's own bucket by filling other people's--where the bucket is analogous to our gut feelings about ourselves, or work and our social relationships. In fact, it's an excellent way to reiterate a counter-intuitive truth: people feel often f...more
Katie Williams
Have You Filled a Bucket Today is a good book to read at the beginning of the school year when setting down expectations on how students should treat each other. It explains that people have an invisible bucket that they carry around. Some days you can wake up and it's filled with happiness and some days it isn't. In any case, it's your job to make sure you mind what you do so that you don't empty anyone's bucket and take their happiness away. A lesson on this could be to have paper buckets tape...more
Megan Bernhard
This book is a guide for teaching children respect for themself and others. Bucket filling is something that happens all over the world. Everyone has an invisible bucket with positive thoughts and feelings. You fill your bucket by doing good but if you do bad things you are a bucket dipper and your bucket loses some good.

I really enjoyed this book because it can be used in many ways in the classroom. This book can be used to establish classroom rules. Teaching students about the concept of filli...more
London Richards
i really liked this book! this book can really teach children how to have a positive attitude towards others. i also liked how this book gave examples of how to have a great attitude.

LEARNING EXT: cut out a paper bucket and go around and ask each child to name one positive thing they can do to to make some one happy!
Brandi Wilson
A great book to introduce to your students on the first week of school. The author uses the phrase of being a bucket filler and not a bucket dipper. A bucket filler is encouraging sayings that you share with classmates. Being a bucket dipper is when you say something that could hurt a friend.
Great book for the first days of school. Along with helping to eliminate bullying, this book helps children to realize it is important to "fill other peoples bucket." Classroom Activity: Have a container filled with beans and a bucket on a table/teacher's desk/or shelf. After reading the book, discuss how children can fill each others bucket,then each time someone does something to fill someones bucket they can place four beans in the bucket. When the bucket is full a discussion about the bucket...more
update** I finally got this book from the long library line, and it is really great! Perfect for Cora (age 5), a little vague concepts for Violet (3) but doable with some explanations. I can tell Cora has thought about it a lot and retained the concepts, which is nice. I used it for my Primary lesson today, and it kept the interest of the kids in my CTR 4 class too.

I saw that someone recommended this book to go with the Primary lesson I taught yesterday on kindness. Unfortunately I didn't see i...more
Jeremiah Lee
Trying to be self-help, and I suppose the idea it suggests is cute and simple. It's a fine book, a great idea to pass on, but perhaps a little long for the target audience.
-Bucket fillers vs. bucket dippers
-Bullying is bucket dipping
-Saying and doing kind things is bucket filling
-Great terminology for even very young students to become aware of
Haley Anderson
Teaches children about Happiness and Kindness in the most clearly explained way. Makes kids notice their actions way more after this book with such a positive message!
Erica Mayberry
I like this book because it makes you question your good deeds and allows you to know how it makes others feel if you are less than polite.
W really got this. If I look sad or upset about something he comes and gives me a hug or kiss and says, "Mama, did that fill your bucket up?"
This book uses the metaphor of a bucket to motivate children to do kind things. When a bucket is full, it means you have experienced loads of kindness. It motivates children to fill other people's buckets with acts of kindness. While this book does not directly relate to my essential question of "How should we respond to bullying?", it does teach children to act with kindness. One part of the book mentions that bullies are "bucket dippers" and they do not fill buckets because they are mean and d...more
A MUST HAVE in the kindergarten classroom. Are you a bucket filler or a bucket dipper?
We read this in our kindergarten class any time the kids need some reminding of how to be kind to one another. We also crafted actual buckets that we fill with nice things and little treats in order to make everyone feel like they are appreciated. It's a fantastic book to get kids thinking about how their actions affect others, and really gets them thinking about their classroom as a community. All we have to say is "Are we being bucket-fillers or bucket-dippers?" and the kids immediately put th...more
Wow! I LOVE this book because of the message that the book carries. The book is written in simple sentences but it packs a powerful punch! The point of the story is that we all have a bucket, and by filling someone else’s bucket (by doing kind deeds) we fill our own bucket and can find happiness. Taking from someone’s bucket might make you happy temporarily, but will ultimately leave you empty. This is a moral tale but told in a simple way for students to understand. This book reminded me of the...more
Pynteya Bate
Another book I absolutely LOVE. It teaches children to be kind, ways to show love to your friends and family, act properly, and how by saying and doing nice things you can make your home, and school a better places to be in. I read this book to my 1st grade in the early morning class and all day they were practicing to be a "bucket fillers". We divided the class into two groups to see who will be a "bucket fillers" and who will be a "bucket dippers" It was so funny to see them correcting each ot...more
Have you filled a bucket today is a story for children in bringing happiness to themselves as well as others. It teaches children about happiness through filling and dipping into someones bucket. A highly recommended book for all children.
It has a good meaning
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