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.
This book is filled with fun ideas to help others. It is a bit lengthy and doesn’t have easy re-readability. It would be easy to turn to any page and pick something kind to do.
Naomi Shulman is the author of <i>Be Kind</i>. She is an essayist whose work has appeared in the <i>New York Times</i>, the <i>Washington Post</i>, <i>Yankee Magazine</i>, <i>Real Simple</i>, and <i>FamilyFun</i>. She holds a master’s degree in theological studies from Harvard Divinity School and has been writing about children for years, often with an emphasis on emotional, ethical, and behavioral development. She lives in western Massachusetts with her two daughters.<br />