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#blogbookaday: Be Kind

8 Apr

Be KindSummary:  “A 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.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A girl spills her juice at lunch and the main character thinks of ways to make her feel better and goes through ways their mom taught them to be kind. In the end, drawing a pretty picture and sharing it with the girl is how the main character chooses to be kind. This is a wonderful story to use as a starting point for a conversation on how to stand up for kids getting picked on, how to be kind to kids at school or on the playground and how to be nice to the people in your community. I loved the simple ways the chose to highlight, making it very easy for any kid to “choose kind.”

Personal Reaction: I really liked that this story shared specific ways children can be kind to the people around them. I think that so many times adults will say, “Be nice.” or “Be kind.” or “Be friends with so and so.” But, kids aren’t given concrete examples of how to do that. This book solves that problem and I think would make a great read aloud for elementary school classrooms about what it means to be kind.

Title: Be Kind
Author: Pat Zietlow Miller
Illustrator: Jen Hill
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: February 6, 2018

#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!


AtoZ Blogging Challenge – Choose Kind

3 Apr

choose_kind_tumblr.pngProgram Name: Choose Kind – Card Making for Seniors, Students, Police, Fire, Military

What: We’ve offered this program a number of time in the past – a passive program that is great for any age group, any time of year. We set up a station with some basic craft supplies – paper, crayons, stickers, scissors and glue and then leave basic instructions for the kids. We’ve had the kids create thank you cards for local police and fire personnel, holiday cards for senior citizens living in assisted care communities and for students during finals week.

Where: The best part about this program is that we just set it up on a table in our children’s department. It can be anywhere in the library where you have a little extra room.

When: Another program that can be done at any time during the year and works really well when you need a filler program to offer – maybe during late August when summer reading is over or May before summer reading starts. Anytime of the year is a good time to choose kind.

Who: We set this program up for kids of all ages, but you could offer it in the teen department, or even in the adult department and see if anyone creates anything! This could also work as a program for college students on a campus as a relaxation program during study hours for mid-terms or finals.

How: This doesn’t even require a moderator, just a little staff time to pull some craft material out of the closet and to straighten up the passive program station throughout the day. We’ve often had to put a sign out for patrons to encourage them to make a card to leave at the library (and then allow them to make a card to take home for someone they know)


  • Besides cards for the military, we’ve done a sock drive and collected leftover Halloween candy to send overseas.
  • You could also do a drive for travel size bathroom goods for the homeless or a food drive for a local food pantry – remember that they receive a lot of donations around the holidays, but people are always hungry!


During the month of April, I’ll be participating in the 2018 Blogging from A to Z Challenge. For this year’s theme, I’ll be offering you a library program plan with everything you to need to re-create it at your own library. Most of these programs we’ve offered in the past, others are programs I’d like to try in the future. I’m always looking for new inspiration and I thought you might be too!

Picture Book Month: Kindness

13 Nov

13It’s amazing what one person can do to make a difference in the world, but that’s exactly what this story is about – one woman’s choice to make a difference. Isatou Ceesay would walk down the road and each time she did, more plastic grocery bags would line the road in piles of trash. One day, Isatou came up with an idea to turn the trash into treasure by weaving the bags into new bags. She was able to teach other women in her village to weave and soon was selling these bags to earn a living at the same time making her world a cleaner, more beautiful place.
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