Embracing Our Differences' "Bucket Fillers" Initiative Inspires Young Readers

December 6, 2023 at 2:03 p.m.

Embracing Our Differences’ “Bucket Fillers” reading initiative took place at 83 elementary schools and early learning centers throughout Manatee and Sarasota counties on Tuesday, November 14th. 

Since her first book, “Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids,” was published in 2006, Carol McCloud, a nationally acclaimed author and Venice, Florida resident, has inspired millions of people of all ages to become daily “bucket fillers” through her books, seminars, and other publications. Her ten children’s books have sold over three million copies worldwide and are used in schools around the world to inspire classrooms built on kindness and respect for all students. The books use the concept of an invisible bucket to encourage positive behavior and warm hearts and shows children how rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation, and love to others. Pictured here are the students who participated in Theresa O’Connor’s first grade class at Englewood Elementary School.