Book Review: The Kindness Book

Author/Illustrator: Todd Parr

From the Book Jacket: There are many ways to be kind. Kindness is listening. Kindness is helping things grow. Kindness is letting others be who they are. With his trademark bright colors and inspiring words, Todd Parr shows readers that being kind is easy and makes you feel good, too!

Why It's On My Bookshelf: Teachers ask me for books on kindness A LOT. So I bought this more as a teaching tool for my own lessons but also to share with the teachers in my building who are revisiting kindness. If you are making an anchor chart with your class on kindness - this is a really helpful book to help kids brainstorm. A winner!

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Book Review: I Love My Colorful Nails

Author: Alicia Acosta and Luis Amavisca
Illustrator: Gusti

From the Book Jacket: Ben liked painting his nails, until some of the kids at school started teasing him. When Dad realized why Ben was sad, he decided to paint his nails too.  

Why It's On My Bookshelf: Ben likes to paint his nails but is teased at school by boys telling him that painting your nails is only for girls. They start calling him a "girl" as a putdown. Ben feels horrible and can't understand why they would tease him. It makes him incredibly sad. He shares what happened with his family and his dad paints his own nails to support him. But the teasing continues at school. A girl tries to get people to stop teasing him by telling them to leave him alone. Ben decides he will now only paint his nails on the weekend because he doesn't want the kids at school to laugh at him. But on Ben's birthday he goes to school and is met with the kids shouting "Happy Birthday!" And everyone, even the teacher, has their nails panted in support of Ben. 

I really loved this book and although it's hard to see Ben be treated this way - sadly it happens everyday to kids. I love how the class decides to support him. This is an important one to share!

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Book Review: Sweep

Author: Louise Greig
Illustrator: Julia Sarda

From the Book Jacket: Ed's bad mood begins as something small. But before long it grows, and grows, and spreads through the whole town. Can Ed clear his troubles away? Or will everyone be swept up in his bad mood?

Why It's On My Bookshelf:
Absolutely love love this book! Ed's bad mood becomes out of control and starts to become bigger and bigger. The leaves represent his feelings and they grow so huge they start to overtake the town - affecting everyone and everything. As this is occurring Ed secretly wishes this would all just stop. Right after this thought his bad mood is swept away by the wind which allows Ed to see the positive things. I really enjoyed this story and I think it is going to be helpful for kids to cope with bad moods. 

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