Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson (2012) and illustrated by E.B. Lewis is a heartwarming and inspiring story that shows how even small acts of kindness can make a big impact. The story follows Chloe and her friends who won’t play with the new girl Maya because she is different than them. The friends make fun of Maya for wearing hand-me-downs, even though Maya was always nice to the girls and just wanted to be there friend. This story is unique because it highlights a different perspective than most stories with similar themes, it shows the perspective of the bully and how she came to realize her actions were wrong. During a class activities the students were asked to think of something they had done recently that was kind and Chloe reflected on how she treated Maya, and decided that she wanted to do something nice for her, but is it too late?
This book has won many awards such as the Jane Addams Peace Award, the Best Book of 2012 by the School Library Journal, and the Coretta Scott King Honor award.I would recommend this story to children of all ages but it especially resonates to those in preschool and older. This book really provides a great way to talk about being kind and how your actions good and bad, even if you don’t intend them to, can really affect others. This book is truly inspiring and should be read to all children as it really reminds us of the power of being kind.
Published by Nancy Paulsen Books
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