The Kindness Book

Little, Brown. Oct. 2019. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780316423816.
PreS-Gr 1–From taking care of your community to cheering up someone when they are sad, this title offers easy, practical ideas on how to be kind. The text opens with a definition of terms: “Kindness is thinking about people’s feelings and helping them feel good. Being kind makes you feel good, too!” In his trademark style, Parr encourages consideration of all people and creatures great and small. Illustrations are bright and colorful and would work well in a group share. They are also lighthearted and engaging for children. For example, on the page that says, “Kindness is listening,” a bird is shown on top of a ladder chirping while a smiling giraffe attentively welcomes his message. Most pages have a single line of text, which makes it perfect for storytimes, groups, or an individual read. The theme is one that lends itself to discussion. Text ends by saying, “There are many ways to be kind! Don’t forget to be kind to yourself.” After reading this title, teachers, librarians, and families can ask children to share their experiences of giving or receiving kindness verbally or through a writing exercise.
VERDICT Highly recommended for public and school libraries. This beloved author and his message will resonate with readers.

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