Each Kindness

by Jacqueline Woodson (Author) E B Lewis (Illustrator)

Each Kindness
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Each kindness makes the world a little better 

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.

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Kirkus Reviews

"Something of the flipside to the team's The Other Side (2001), this is a great book for teaching kindness. (Picture book. 5-8)"

Publishers Weekly

Starred Review

When a new and clearly impoverished girl named Maya shows up at school ("Her coat was open and the clothes beneath it looked old and ragged"), Chloe and her friends brush off any attempt to befriend her. Even when Maya valiantly--and heartbreakingly--tries to fit in and entice the girls to play with her, she is rejected. Then one day, Maya is gone, and Chloe realizes that her "chance of a kindness" is "more and more forever gone." Combining realism with shimmering impressionistic washes of color, Lewis turns readers into witnesses as kindness hangs in the balance in the cafeteria, the classroom, and on the sun-bleached playground asphalt; readers see how the most mundane settings can become tense testing grounds for character. Woodson, who collaborated with Lewis on The Other Side and Coming On Home Soon, again brings an unsparing lyricism to a difficult topic. The question she answers with this story is one that can haunt at any age: what if you're cruel to someone and never get the chance to make it right? Ages 5-8. Agent: Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency. Illustrator's agent: Dwyer & O'Grady. (Oct.)

Copyright 2012 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.

School Library Journal

EMPATHY; PERSPECTIVE-TAKING; RESPECT FOR OTHERS

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

* "This quiet, intense picture book is about the small actions that can haunt. . . . Woodson's spare, eloquent free verse and Lewis' beautiful, spacious watercolor paintings tell a story for young kids that will touch all ages." — Booklist, starred review

"Unfolds with harsh beauty and the ominousness of opportunities lost. . . . The matter-of-fact tone of Chloe's narration paired against the illustrations' visual isolation of Maya creates its own tension. . . . Lewis dazzles with frame-worthy illustrations, masterful use of light guiding readers' emotional responses." — Kirkus Reviews

* "Always on-target navigating difficulties in human relationships, Woodson teams up with Lewis to deal a blow to the pervasive practice-among students of all economic backgrounds-of excluding those less fortunate. . . . Lyrical and stylistically tight writing act in perfect counterpoint to the gentle but detailed watercolor paintings. . . . Gives opportunity for countless inferences and deep discussion . . . invite[s] readers to pause, reflect, and empathize. . . . With growing income disparity, and bullying on the rise, this story of remorse and lost opportunity arrives none too soon." — School Library Journal, starred review

* "Combining realism with shimmering impressionistic washes of color, Lewis turns readers into witnesses as kindness hangs in the balance. . . . Woodson . . . again brings an unsparing lyricism to a difficult topic." — Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Woodson's fluid writing and deft particularity makes the girls' bullying rebuffs of Maya absolutely heartbreaking. . . . In his watercolors, Lewis embraces the effects of light like an Impressionist, while his creative, often cinematic uses of point of view add resonance to the story. . . . Offers an alternative view to rosier stories of forgiveness and bully-victim friendships." — The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Beautifully heartbreaking . . . sure to touch a tender spot. . . . The situation should resonate with young people who are sure to recognize themselves in either Chloe or Maya. Lovely watercolors perfectly complement this simple yet strong story." — Library Media Connection

"Woodson's affecting story, with its open ending, focuses on the withholding of friendship rather than outright bullying, and Lewis reflects the pensive mood in sober watercolors . . . in subtly detailed portraits. . . . A good conversation starter." — The Horn Book

this book helps me how to be kind i love it great job to the author.

Jacqueline Woodson
Jacqueline Woodson (www.jacquelinewoodson.com) is the recipient of a 2020 MacArthur Fellowship, the 2020 Hans Christian Andersen Award, the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and the 2018 Children's Literature Legacy Award. She was the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, and in 2015, she was named the Young People's Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. She received the 2014 National Book Award for her New York Times bestselling memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, which was also a recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor, the NAACP Image Award, and a Sibert Honor. She wrote the adult books Red at the Bone, a New York Times bestseller, and Another Brooklyn, a 2016 National Book Award finalist. Born in Columbus, Ohio, Jacqueline grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and Brooklyn, New York, and graduated from college with a B.A. in English. She is the author of dozens of award-winning books for young adults, middle graders, and children; among her many accolades, she is a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a four-time National Book Award finalist, and a three-time Coretta Scott King Award winner. Her books include Coretta Scott King Award winner Before the Ever After; New York Times bestsellers The Day You Begin and Harbor Me; The Other Side, Each Kindness, Caldecott Honor book Coming On Home Soon; Newbery Honor winners Feathers, Show Way, and After Tupac and D Foster; and Miracle's Boys, which received the LA Times Book Prize and the Coretta Scott King Award. Jacqueline is also a recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement for her contributions to young adult literature and a two-time winner of the Jane Addams Children's Book Award. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.
Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9780399246524
Lexile Measure
530L
Guided Reading Level
M
Publisher
Nancy Paulsen Books
Publication date
October 20, 2012
Series
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BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV039050 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Emotions & Feelings
JUV039220 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Values & Virtues
Library of Congress categories
Friendship
Schools
Kindness
Keystone to Reading Book Award
Nominee 2014 - 2014
Coretta Scott King Award
Honor Book 2013 - 2013
Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens
Recommended 2013 - 2013
Jane Addams Children's Book Award
Winner 2013 - 2013
Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award
Nominee 2014 - 2014
Buckaroo Book Award
Nominee 2013 - 2014
Flicker Tale Children's Book Award
Nominee 2014 - 2014
Kentucky Bluegrass Award
Nominee 2014 - 2014
Parents Choice Awards (Fall) (2008-Up)
Silver Medal Winner 2012 - 2012
Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award
Nominee 2014 - 2014
North Carolina Children's Book Award
Nominee 2014 - 2014
West Virginia Children's Book Award
Nominee 2014 - 2014
Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award
Nominee 2015 - 2015
Black-Eyed Susan Award
Nominee 2013 - 2014
Red Clover Award
Nominee 2014 - 2014
Charlotte Zolotow Award
Winner 2013 - 2013
Show Me Readers Award
Nominee 2014 - 2015
Grand Canyon Reader Award
Nominee 2015 - 2015
Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award
Nominee 2014 - 2015
South Carolina Childrens, Junior and Young Adult Book Award
Nominee 2014 - 2015
Virginia Readers Choice Award
Nominee 2015 - 2015
Golden Sower Award
Nominee 2015 - 2015
Monarch Award
Nominee 2015 - 2015
California Young Reader Medal
Nominee 2017 - 2017

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