Be Kind

I’m so excited to share this lovely book. It seemed like the perfect choice since Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) week is coming up February 11-17, 2018.   

Title: Be Kind

Author: Pat Zietlow Miller
Illustrator: Jenn Hill
Publisher:  Roaring Brook Press, 2018
Editor: Connie Hsu
Book Type: Fiction
Ages: 4-8
Theme: Kindness

Excerpt:

What does it mean to be kind anyway?
Maybe it’s giving.
Making cookies for Mr. Rinaldi, who lives alone.
Letting someone with smaller feet have my too-tight shoes.
(He might win races in them, too.)

Synopsis (from Amazon website):

When Tanisha spills grape juice all over her new dress, her classmate contemplates how to make her feel better and what it means to be kind. From asking the new girl to play to standing up for someone being bullied, this moving and thoughtful story explores what a child can do to be kind, and how each act, big or small, can make a difference―or at least help a friend.

Activites:

  • Kindness lesson plan
  • Have kids do a Random Act of Kindness. Here is a link to my past blog post to get some ideas.
  • There are tons of other resources on the Internet. I recommend searching Pinterest. Here is a link to get you started.

Why I Like This Book:

What’s not to love. The succinct text, the musings of a young child, cheery illustrations, with a message of empathy and compassion. A charming book which shows that kindness can be done in the simplest ways with the potential to grow. The book can be used as a springboard for discussions at home and school about kindness and can be extended with a kindness activity.

Also, check out this adorable trailer where kids answer questions about kindness.

Find Be Kind at the following spots:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound Goodreads
ISBN-10: 1626723214
ISBN-13: 978-1626723214

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17 Comments to “Be Kind”

  1. All Pat’s books have so much HEART!

  2. We need more book on kindness! This is a really important book for children at home and at school!

  3. I’m thinking that kindness should be our mantra from now on. It leads to improved behavior for everyone, I think. Thanks for featuring! I’m going to recommend this book to our school librarian.

  4. I love books like this that encourage discussion. Thanks for sharing!

  5. There are not enough books showing what it means to be kind. I cannot wait to read this one. Thanks for the suggestion.

  6. I really like “My mom says the quickest way to be kind is to use people’s names.” Such a wonderful insight!

  7. Can’t have too much kindness! I’ll be on the lookout for this one!

  8. Darshana, this is an amazingly beautiful and important book. Glad you shared it.

  9. Great pick! And I love the suggestion for kids to perform a random act of kindness.

  10. Great choice for Kindness week!

  11. What a perfect book filled with easy ways for children to practice kindness. I hope my library owns a copy.

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