Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Each Kindness

Good Day Dear Readers
The Queen here with a heart wrenching story told from a bully's point of view. This story saddened me, yet I know, many children go through this same scenario when they walk into a new classroom. The narrator of this story doesn't even realize she is being a bully or acting unkindly until her teacher gives a lesson on kindness.

I hope parents and teachers will use this book in the same manner. There's several places that offer ideas for lessons to go along with the book. I've included a couple of my own ideas.

Happy Reading, and Be kind to one another, always.
The Queen


Book Title: Each Kindness
Author: Jacqueline Woodson                                                             
Illustrator: E.B. Lewis

Book Information:

Publisher and date: Nancy Paulsen Books; First Edition edition (October 2, 2012)
Reading level: 5 - 8 years
Book Info: Hardcover: 32 pages
Genre: Children's picture book
ISBN-13: 978-0399246524

Book Theme:
kindness, acceptance, unkindness, bullying, friendship, reaching out to others, judging

Book Summary
Each kindness makes the world a little better

This unforgettable book is written and illustrated by the award-winning team that created The Other Side and the Caldecott Honor winner Coming On Home Soon. With its powerful anti-bullying message and striking art, it will resonate with readers long after they've put it down.

Chloe and her friends won't play with the new girl, Maya. Every time Maya tries to join Chloe and her friends, they reject her. Eventually Maya stops coming to school. When Chloe's teacher gives a lesson about how even small acts of kindness can change the world, Chloe is stung by the lost opportunity for friendship, and thinks about how much better it could have been if she'd shown a little kindness toward Maya.

Activity Adventures:
You can find Lesson Ideas at these places:
Teaching Books has videos from the author and classroom lesson plans.

Teach Mentor Text offers suggestions on how to incorporate this book into a classroom discussion on showing kindness. She even provides pictures of her charts.

Check out the Random Acts of Kindness page for ideas on how to make the world a better place. 

Crafty Ideas:
Create a poster of ideas on ways students can show kindness to a new student. Sometimes, children' simply don't understand how to show hospitality.

Writing Prompts:
Write a story about when you were in a new situation. How did you feel? What do you wish other people might have done to help you feel more comfortable. What did you do in this new place? What might you do differently next time?

Discussion Questions:
Talk about ways to show kindness to new people and even people children already know. Talk about what it means to be a bully and ways to avoid letting that happen.

Authors Arena

Jacqueline Woodson's awards include 3 Newbery Honors, a Coretta Scott King Award and 3 Coretta Scott King Honors, 2 National Book Awards, a Margaret A. Edwards Award and an ALAN Award -- both for Lifetime Achievement in YA Literature. She is the author of more than 2 dozen books for children and young adults and lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York

E.B. Lewis has illustrated more than fifty books for children, including Nikki Grimes' Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman, the 2003 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winner; Alice Schertle's Down the Road, an ALA Notable Book; Tolowa M. Mollel's My Rows and Piles of Coins, an ALA Notable Book and a Coretta Scott King Honor Book; Bat Boy and His Violin by Garvin Curtis, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book, and Jacqueline Woodson's The Other Side, a 2002 Notable Book for the Language Arts.


Barbara said...

Yay ... my favorite summer 2013 find! I like that it doesn't have the fairytale ending that many books do ... and I can NOT wait to use it in my peace class this fall!


Jackie Castle said...

No fairy tale ending here, Barbara. The story is real and honest. The pictures are simply beautiful and I'm so glad to hear you will be using the book in your class. Enjoy!