When We Are Kind

by Monique Gray Smith (Author) Nicole Neidhardt (Illustrator)

When We Are Kind
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
When We Are Kind celebrates simple acts of everyday kindness and encourages children to explore how they feel when they initiate and receive acts of kindness in their lives. Celebrated author Monique Gray Smith has written many books on the topics of resilience and reconciliation and communicates an important message through carefully chosen words for readers of all ages. Beautifully illustrated by artist Nicole Neidhardt, this book encourages children to be kind to others and to themselves.
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Publishers Weekly

This gentle picture book extols the virtues of kindness in spare prose relayed through a first-person perspective. Smith (who is of Cree, Lakota, and Scottish descent) employs the refrain "I am kind when" throughout the book's first half, showcasing different methods of helpfulness and generosity: "I am kind when I/ bring food to my Elders." The second half, in phrases beginning "I feel," emphasizes how the speaker feels when kindness is reciprocated: "I feel loved/ when my Elders are kind to me." Streamlined digital illustrations by Neidhardt (who has maternal Diné heritage) portray an inclusive cast interacting, notably centering Indigenous families and characters of color in personal and communal activities--and encouraging readers to evaluate their actions toward others. Ages 3-5. (Oct.)

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"A perfect addition to your bedtime routine, and would make a great gift for every teacher and librarian your child knows, so each school has a copy upon reopening."— "them."
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date
October 20, 2020
BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV039050 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Emotions & Feelings
JUV013030 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | Multigenerational
Library of Congress categories
Interpersonal relations

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