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Children’s Book Review: Be Kind: You Can Make the World a Happier Place! 125 Kind Things to Say & Do

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Age Range: 5 and up
Grade Level: 2 – 3
Hardcover: 80 pages
Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (June 25, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1635861543
ISBN-13: 978-1635861549


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.


Smile at one more person each day, pick up trash, compliment everyone, keep a thankfulness jar,… How many ways to express kindness you can think of? Surprisingly, this adorable book tells us more than 100 ways to show kindness.

With colorful illustration and simple text, this nonfiction picture book exposes readers to a wide range of acts about basic human kindness, which serve as a great reminder in our daily life for kids and adults alike. As the words “ you can make the world a happier place” on the cover says, it is your choice that makes a difference to the world. This book is meant to encourage kids to do simple and kind acts in their daily lives.

When I first read this book with my son, five, and when we stopped on the page “ Be a hug ambassador, …”, he hugged me and said, “ Mom, I love you.” It reminds me that kindness is something that needs to be taught and reinforced by showing them how to be kind. So, if you are looking for a book to share kindness with your kids, why not consider picking up this lovely book.

About Author

Naomi Shulman is the author of Be Kind. She is an essayist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Yankee Magazine, Real Simple, and FamilyFun.

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.

Thanks to NetGalley for a free copy for an honest opinion.



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Hi, I am Ruby, a thirty-something. I’m a mother, high school teacher, book lover, and psychology buff. If you love reading or want to find reads for kids, you’ve come to the right place.


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