Book Review: Because Amelia Smiled

Author/Illustrator: David Ezra Stein
Interest Level: Ages 6 and Up

From the Book Jacket: Because Amelia Smiles as she skips down the street, her neighbor Mrs. Higgins smiles too, and decides to send some cookies to her grandson, Mexico. The cookies give Lionel an idea, and his idea inspires a student, who in turn inspires a ballet England! And so the good feelings travel across the world, inspiring ever more smiles, kindness, and love along the way.

Why It's On My Bookshelf: I start my year out reading all of my bucket filling books. It's always a positive way to get us headed in the right direction. But I'm always looking for more stories to inspire children to go even farther with kindness. Want to remind kids their kind deeds can start a chain reaction? Well I've found a wonderful book with that inspiring idea. Amelia's smile changes not just those around her but people across the WORLD to do caring things. I'm definitely going to have a map out as I read this so we can trace the chain reaction. I'm going to use this book as an example of how we can make this happen within our own school. Can't wait to have this discussion with kiddos!!

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  1. Roxanne, This sounds like such a cute book to share about kindness and how it reaches far and wide!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  2. This sounds like a super book. Love the idea!