Parents' Guide to

Be Kind

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Warm story shows big impact of simple acts of kindness.

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What could have been a sentimental exercise is elevated to a meaningful exploration of kindness in this lovely picture book with Jen Hill's charming watercolor-and-ink illustrations. The little kid narrator of Be Kind not only offers examples of reaching out to others to make them feel good or feel better when they're down, but also acknowledges that it's not always easy. "And sticking up for someone when other kids aren't kind is really hard. (And really scary.)"

This is a great book for opening up a discussion about what it means to be kind and identifying simple, practical ways we can show kindness to those around us.

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