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In a world where people spend more time engaging through screens than in real-life interaction, showing basic human kindness can feel like a lost art. Be Kind offers children aged 5 and up simple, actionable things they can do in their daily lives that help them cultivate kindness toward others and grow into people with the capacity to make the world a kinder place.
In Be Kind, kids learn that kindness is a quality that can be expressed in ways other than merely being “nice,” including standing up for someone or something, engaging in a community, showing compassion toward other beings, and expressing gratitude. With joyful illustrations and kid-friendly writing, this idea book serves as a delightful, easy-to-read collection of 125 concrete activities kids and their families can pick and choose from and act out in their daily lives, whether it’s being the first person to say good morning, offering compliments, shoveling an elderly neighbor’s driveway, learning to say hello in different languages, or sending a card to someone — no special occasion required. On every page, Be Kind empowers kids to make the world a better, kinder place, one action at a time.
2019 Mom's Choice Award Gold Winner
2020 NAPPA Award Winner
About the Author
Naomi Shulman is the author of Be Kind and an essayist for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Real Simple, and more. She holds a master’s degree in theological studies from Harvard Divinity School and has been writing about children for many years, often with an emphasis on emotional, ethical, and behavioral development. She lives in western Massachusetts with her husband and two daughters.
Hsinping Pan is an animator and illustrator from Taiwan who holds a master’s degree in animation and digital arts from the University of Southern California. Her prize-winning films have been shown at festivals worldwide and her illustrations have won the bronze prize from 3x3 magazine. Her clients include Nickelodeon, the Cartoon Network, Disney, The Land of Nod, and Real Simple, and her works can be seen on book covers and in commercials, movies, music videos, magazines, and children’s books, including the bestseller Be Kind.
“Be Kind is a lovely reminder that every moment can be filled with a thoughtful act of kindness. This beautifully illustrated book gives fresh and meaningful ways that each child — and adult — can make our world a happier place and prove that KINDNESS MATTERS!” — Jill McManigal, cofounder executive director, Kids for Peace and The Great Kindness Challenge
“Naomi Shulman writes from her heart, spreading the ethos that kindness is a choice we must make every day, in every relationship and action, if we wish to live in a just, gentle, and compassionate world.” — Jessica Lahey, teacher and New York Times best-selling author of The Gift of Failure
“A delightful treasure trove of simple yet powerful acts of kindness appropriate for children of all ages. From its beautiful kid-friendly design to the wonderful activities that fill its pages, this is a must-have for every family. Be Kind is packed with inspiration bound to ignite a thirst within our youth to build a kinder world.” — Orly Wahba, founder of Life Vest Inside and author of Kindness Boomerang