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Be Kind

Be Kind

Pat Zietlow Miller; illustrated by Jen Hill

Roaring Brook Press

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From the award-winning author of Sophie's Squash comes a thoughtful picture book about the power of kindness.

When Tanisha spills grape juice all over her new dress, her classmate contemplates how to make her feel better and what it means to be kind. From asking the new girl to play to standing up for someone being bullied, this moving and thoughtful story explores what a child can do to be kind, and how each act, big or small, can make a difference—or at least help a friend.

With a gentle text from Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor author Pat Zietlow Miller, and irresistible art from Jen Hill, Be Kind is an unforgettable story about how two simple words can change the world.

Reviews

Praise for Be Kind

This picture book champions interpersonal kindness both globally and in a young child's town . . . The story gives children many concrete ideas of actionable kind deeds.” —Kirkus Reviews

Sophie's Squash:

A Golden Kite Award Winner
A Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book
An Ezra Jack Keats Honor Book
The Juvenile Literature Award Winner
A Crystal Kite Award Book for the Midwest Region

"[T]his tale will be cherished by children, and their parents will be happy to read it to them often." —School Library Journal, starred review

Wherever You Go:

A Crystal Kite Award Book for the Midwest Region

“Miller's verse, infused with musical momentum, communicates the emotional arch of a journey with beautiful brevity.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“This lovely offering [has] appeal both as an inspirational gift book and as a bedtime tale.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Sophie's Squash Go to School:

“While in many picture books problems are solved quickly, Miller makes clear that it takes time, as well as reflection and effort, for Sophie to decide that she wants friends. . . . Many children will relate to [this].” —Booklist, starred review

“By book’s end, most readers will be willing to side with Sophie’s parents, who remind her that it’s good to have friends: ‘Especially human ones.’” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

The Quickest Kid in Clarksville:

“Sweet and inspiring.” —Kirkus Reviews

“An engaging, lively story.” —Horn Book

Reviews from Goodreads

About the author

Pat Zietlow Miller; illustrated by Jen Hill

Pat Zietlow Miller is the creative force behind the blog Read, Write, Repeat, where she reviews books for young readers. Her picture books include Sophie's Squash, Sophie's Squash Go To School, Wherever You Go, Sharing the Bread, and The Quickest Kid in Clarksville. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband, two daughters, and two pampered cats.

Jen Hill is the illustrator of several picture books, including Diana's White House Garden by Elisa Carbone, Spring for Sophie by Yael Werber, and Doing Her Bit by Erin Hagar; and is also the author and illustrator of Percy and Tumtum: A Tale of Two Dogs. She is a graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design and lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and her intern, Little Bee, who is very helpful for a cat.

Pat Zietlow Miller

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Jen Hill

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