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A Call for Manuscript Submissions,

Especially Middle Grade and YA Novels

One of the professional highlights for me each year is attending the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Annual Conference in Los Angeles, CA. This year, I have the added privilege of being on the faculty and speaking on a panel moderated by my dear friend, co-author, and editor, Emma D. Dryden—SMALL PRESSES: THOUGH THEY BE SMALL, THEY BE FIERCE. Be sure to follow the excitement of the annual conference in social media—#LA15SCBWI. Little Pickle Press values the commitment to excellence in children’s literature and the strength of community fostered by scbwi. We would be especially thrilled to meet the author (and/or illustrator; our Art Director will also be there) of our next book at the annual conference. Setting that as our intention, here is what we are seeking currently . . .

The common denominators. All of the manuscripts that we select involve conveying meaningful messages to children or youth. They catalyze conversations between parents and children, teachers and students, about the topics that matter most to the generation of children we are shaping today. The manuscripts are well written, thought-provoking, progressive, fresh, distinctive, and, if a picture book, lend themselves well to not only illustration but also to extrapolation into other mediums, such as interactive eBooks, book apps, and animated shorts.

The heart of the matter. At present, we are most interested in receiving middle grade and young adult submissions. What subjects are most interesting to us at this point? They include (in no particular order and not exclusively):

  • Kindness—the power of it
  • Dare To Be Different
  • Choices: It’s Not All Black And White; Most of Life is Gray
  • Racism—the deleterious effects of it
  • Refugees
  • Adoption
  • Complex Family Structures
  • Anti-Princess Themes
  • Creativity­­­—the importance of it, fostering it, etc.
  • Leadership and/or Entrepreneurship
  • Divergent (vs. Convergent) Thinking
  • Systems Thinking
  • Responsibility/Accountability/Moving Beyond Gen M Thinking
  • Taking Care of Yourself and Your Community/Planting the Seeds of Being a Locavore

What we don’t want are books with hidden messages to grownups. We want books that convey true messages to children and youth. It is also worth mentioning that we do not shy away from controversial subjects, and we are open-minded about the genres and literary vehicles employed to convey the messages.

First things first. As you consider submitting your manuscript, please learn a little more about Little Pickle Press and our new young adult imprint, Relish Media. Here’s a recent interview I did for our friends at Mom’s Choice Awards. We just launched our new submissions platform, powered by Authors.me, which sets forth our submissions guidelines. Consider liking Little Pickle Press and Relish Media on Facebook. Please also consider following @LPP_Media and @Relish_Media on Twitter.

Our selection process. Once we receive your submission, our First Reader designated for the target age range of your work reads it within four months and sends the acquisition team his or her preliminary thoughts. If the First Reader has a favorable opinion of the manuscript, then we have another member of the acquisition team read it. If the second member of the acquisition team likes it, then we have a Junior Reader (a reader in the intended age group) read it. If the Junior Reader likes the manuscript, then it gets presented during the next acquisition meeting. If at any point during our process, a team member thinks that the work is not a good fit for us, then we let you know.

Thanks for your interest. I kindly thank you for your interest in Little Pickle Press and Relish Media, and for reading this post. If you elect to send us a submission, thank you also for considering us as your publisher. I know from experience all that you have gone through to get to this point, and I respect and honor you for it.

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10 Books about Kindness—for Adults!

When we think about education, it’s usually kids that pop into our heads. We want them to learn about all of the ways to be good and smart and responsible. The lessons tend to stick, because let’s face it—our kids are awesome. That said, it never hurts to revisit some of those lessons from time to time, especially after a week of watching the news. Here are ten books for adults that discuss kindness, which is something that we all need.

  1. On KindnessAdam Phillips and Barbara Taylor: (from the website) Drawing on intellectual history, literature, psychoanalysis, and contemporary social theory, this brief and essential book will return to its readers what Marcus Aurelius declared was mankind’s “greatest delight”: the intense satisfactions of generosity and compassion.
  2. Small Acts of KindnessJames Vollbracht: (from the author) Before the movie “Pay it Forward”, was Small Acts ofKindness, which shows how one small act of kindness ripples through all of life and results in a surprising and moving great act of love.
  3. The Kindness DiariesLeon Logothetis: (from the author) Follow the inspirational journey of a former stockbroker who leaves his unfulfilling desk job in search of a meaningful life. He sets out from Los Angeles on a vintage motorbike, determined to circumnavigate the globe surviving only on the kindness of strangers.
  4. Kindness, Clarity, and Insight—H. H. the Fourteenth Dalai Lama: (from the website) Broad in scope and revealing the depth of his knowledge, these teachings display the range of the Dalai Lama and his message, covering a plethora of topics, including the need for compassion, the common goals of the world’s religions, karma, the four noble truths, the luminous nature of the mind, meditative concentration, selflessness, the two truths, and the fundamental innate mind of clear light that all the various schools of Tibetan Buddhism aim at manifesting.
  5. The Power of KindnessPiero Ferrucci: (from Amazon) In eighteen interlocking chapters, Dr. Ferrucci reveals that the kindest people are the most likely to thrive, to enable others to thrive, and to slowly but steadily turn our world away from violence, self-centeredness, and narcissism- and toward love. Writing with a rare combination of sensitivity and intellectual depth, Dr. Ferrucci shows that, ultimately, kindness is not a luxury in our world but rather a necessity for us all.
  6. Sidewalk FlowersJonArno Lawson: Though intended as a child’s picture book, the images in this striking volume will speak to the hearts of busy adults everywhere, reminding them to stop and smell the roses (and dandelions) once in a while.
  7. Charlotte’s WebE. B. White: Who can honestly say that they have not been moved after reading this classic story? The love of a little girl, the selflessness of a spider, and the eventual quiet greatness of a humble pig will teach readers of any age the value of kindness.
  8. The Seeds We SowGary Beene: (from the author) This booktells the story of the intertwined lives of George Washington Carver, Vice President Henry Agard Wallace, and Nobel Laureate Norman E. Borlaug. It tells how their kindness and passion to feed the world was passed on and enhanced across generations.
  9. The Kindness of StrangersMike McIntyre: (from Barnes & Noble) Stuck in a job he no longer found fulfilling, journalist Mike McIntyre felt his life was quickly passing him by. So one day he hit the road to trek from one end of the country to the other with little more than the clothes on his back and without a single penny in his pocket. Through his travels, he found varying degrees of kindness in strangers from all walks of life—and discovered more about people and values and life on the road in America than he’d ever thought possible.
  10. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone—J. K. Rowling: On his eleventh birthday, young Harry receives his first birthday cake, possibly the first act of kindness that he can remember. The rest of the story is a key to a remarkable saga in which courage, loyalty, and yes, kindness, shape an entire world.

Have you read about kindness lately? What titles stick in your mind, and what lessons have you learned? Share your thought in the comment section, and don’t forget to visit the Little Pickle Press store to pre-order a signed first edition copy of What Does It Mean To Be Kind?, the perfect book to start the children in your life on the path to kindness.

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Have Courage and Be Kind:

Lessons from Cinderella

As we continue exploring the topic of kindness, Little Pickle Press would like to welcome Melissa Roy. In this delightful post, she shares her thoughts on raising good little people.

I finally made it to see Cinderella with my girls after a major mommy fail in which I  misread the start time and we showed up a half hour late and missed ALL of Frozen Fever which was pretty much the entire reason we went to see Cinderella in the first place. And while my girls were understandably disappointed to miss Frozen, I was still excited to see Cinderella.

The original Disney animated Cinderella is one of my all-time childhood favorites and Drew Barrymore’s Ever After was top 5 during my teen years. Needless to say, the latest version had a lot to live up to in my eyes. But I’ll admit I was not disappointed. I thought the nuances in the story that deviated from the animated version (which any and all versions of Cinderella must stack up against for all of time) were well thought out and created a relatable, lovable and cohesive storyline which my girls enjoyed as much as I did.

But the clear point of the movie was one thing: Have courage and be kind and the point was certainly not lost on this mommy! Perseverance, confidence, compassion and respect are things that I value highly and that I am working every second of every day to instill in my children and I love that this movie helped demonstrate exactly the kind of people I want my children to be.

I routinely encourage my children to be courageous and try new things. I expect them to stick with something once they’ve started and I support them in trying new things. I want them to believe in the importance of learning new things and trying their best. And I want them to have the conviction to assert themselves and go after what they want in life (even if it is just asking the lady behind the counter at the ice cream shop for an extra spoon).

But most importantly in life, I want them to be good people. I expect them to be kind towards others but more than that, I want them to respect all other people. I want them to have compassion for every person and try their best to understand the perspectives, situations and feelings of others. I never want them to think it is okay to put someone else down and I want them to feel bad if they accidentally hurt another person’s feelings.

These are certainly not easy things to teach a six, four and two year-old, I’d rather just drill them on their ABC’s and addition facts but I know that these important life lessons are far more important in the long run. I encourage them daily, both at home and away, to be helpful and respectful. I expect them to help each other and strangers who need it by holding doors, picking up dropped things and helping any other way they can. I have taught them to say please, thank you and you’re welcome and they are expected to use them every opportunity they have.

We live in a world where we are constantly put down and it is easy to feel like you can’t do anything right. We live in a world where all too often people are more concerned about themselves than the well-being of others and their community. We live in a world where people no longer have the time or desire to be kind and courteous.

I teach my children to be courageous and persistent because they will need thick skin in their lives and will need to be able to think and fend for themselves. And I teach them to be kind and respectful not because I want to make the world a better place but because I want to make my children better people. I want them to always have confidence in themselves and never doubt who they are and what they stand for.

What does teaching kindness mean to you? What are some of the lessons you hope to share with the young people in your life? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

Little Pickle Press would like to thank the people at Mamalode for the use of this post and the accompanying graphic.

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Teaching Kindness, Not Obedience

In this thought-provoking post from Mamalode, Kristina Agar takes a look at what truly constitutes kindness. Is it doing the right thing simply because you’re told to, or is it something more? 

When my oldest was born, I don’t think my husband and I really discussed what our parenting style would be. Thankfully, we are very similar in our views about what’s important and things just evolved naturally. From the time he was really young, we have taught him that the people around him are the most important things in the world. Not just his family and friends, but everyone he comes across. When the twins were born, we knew that we would instill those same values in them as well.

“You don’t have to be the smartest, fastest, best looking or most popular. You only need to be the kindest and hardest working. Those are the two things that will bring you happiness and success in life.”

That’s my motto. That’s what I want my kids to strive for.

I do not want my kids to do what I ask because I ask them to do it, I want them to do it because it’s the right thing to do. I want my children to be able to ask questions and disagree, as long as they do it in a respectful manner.

I’d be naive to think that children do not need discipline. My 4 year-old twins are not likely to always do the right thing. But when disciplining them I try to show them how their actions make other people feel. Are you talking during swimming lessons? How do you think that makes your coach feel? You took a toy from your sister, how do you think that made her feel? The older they get, the more I think they understand it.

Sometimes I see glimpses of kindness that make my heart swell with pride. Other times I see how much they still need to learn. I’ll continue to teach them kindness through my actions and my words, and hopefully someday I can look back and see that it made a difference.

Teaching kindness versus obedience: which one is being taught most widely today? Please share your thoughts in the comment section.

Little Pickle Press would like to thank Mamalode for allowing us to share this post and the accompanying photo.

 

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A Letter to the Mom of the Boy Who is Bullying My Son

As we continue to explore the concept of kindness, the Little Pickle Press team would like to share this heartfelt piece by Sarah DeNome, originally posted on the Mamalode blog. Image courtesy of Mamalode.

Dear Fellow Mom,

I have watched our two boys play together at school since the beginning of the year. From day one our children have gravitated towards each other. I remember being so nervous about sending my son to pre-school for the first time. The fear and apprehension that comes with letting your child out of the safety of your presence and supervision for the first time. I remember feeling such joy and relief when I picked him up after that first day and listened as he excitedly told me about his new friend. I was eager to meet you and your child and allow my smile to show my gratefulness that my son has found a new friend to make this big transition less scary.

At morning drop-off , I watch my child’s face light up when your son walks in the classroom. At afternoon pick-up, my son walks towards me with shoulders slumped, head hung low, and eyes toward the ground. I ask how his day was and he tells me about his day with your son. He shares how his friend pushed him on the playground or how his friend wasn’t nice to him in class. I listen, validate his feelings, and encourage him to use his strong voice to tell his friend how he feels.

I start to pay more attention at drop off and linger in the observation room each morning. From behind the one way glass of the observation room, I have seen my son’s smile turn into a look of fear and powerlessness when he is physically overpowered by your son. I begin to arrive early in the afternoon to observe their time on the playground. I see our children’s interaction and feel my child’s pain. I also see you.

From behind the observation glass I see that same look of powerlessness on your face. The look that speaks I am doing the best I can but my child is not listening and I don’t know what else to do. I see you drop your son off each morning and with love you kiss him goodbye. I see his nervous energy or how he clings to your leg sometimes. I see the look of worry and exhaustion on your face. With one child on your hip and your son clinging to your leg. I see your apprehension as you leave the room.

I see it because I know the look well as I have looked that way too. The exhaustion from transitioning from one child to two. The worry about if your son will have a good day. The apprehension you feel walking away and leaving him without your help and supervision. I see you because I am you. We are the same. We love our boys and want to help them through whatever tough time they are having. Whether the tough time is causing our child to act out behaviorally or whether the tough time is teaching our child how to assert himself when he is being mistreated. Each child is struggling and we want to fix their hurt. We want to understand them, teach them, and hope they make the choices we have instilled in them.

You see, you and I are the same. We want the same things. You and I are on the same team. We both want our boys to have friendships that are joyful, safe, and fun. We want them to have positive and appropriate social interactions with their peers. You want that for your son and I want that for mine. We want them to have this between each other. I believe you want that for your son and I hope you can believe me when I say that I want that for your son as well. I truly believe that each of us (child or adult) is doing the best we can with who we are and the resources we have in any given moment. Sometimes we just need a little extra time, resources, or help. It is okay to need that and it is okay to ask for it.

My fellow momma, I know our kids are doing the best they can in this moment. I know we are doing the best we can in this moment. I also know that our boys need our help. They need more time, tools, and resources. Which means we need each other’s help. I need you and you need me. It’s okay for us to need each other in order to help our boys. We are the same remember and we are in this together.

Now, what do you need from me? How can I help?

What would you need? How would you help? Please share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Brooklyn Public Library

What’s so great about Brooklyn? Well, gee. It’s only the home of Coney Island, Prospect Park, and the world-famous Brooklyn Bridge, for starters. There’s also the Brooklyn Public Library, a must-visit for any traveling bibliophile.

Created as a separate system from the libraries of Queens and New York City, the Brooklyn Public Library serves more than 2.5 million residents and visitors, both online and in person. Sit down for a free browsing session at one of a thousand computers, or wander through the stacks to choose from millions of titles.

Want to start your own company? The Business and Career Library will set you on the right path. Thinking of learning a new language? The Language Division has everything you need.

Families are a major focus of the Brooklyn Public Library. There are resources for parents as well as kids of all ages, with unique programs for youngsters with special needs. The BPL website even has a special page for teachers.

Another thing that makes the Brooklyn Public Library so amazing is the list of community-inclusive programs. Resume assistance, the Veterans Oral History Project, immigration and passport services, prison libraries, cultural presentations—there’s really something for everyone, and with sixty locations and a strong online presence, that something is easy to find.

What’s so great about Brooklyn? Come to the Brooklyn Public Library and find out!

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10 Tales of Kindness

Whatever your taste in reading material, there is something out there to enjoy. Mysteries, histories, fiction of all sorts; there are instruction manuals for everything from apple picking to zoology.

Everything that we read leaves an impression. It might be the shivery feeling we get while passing by a darkened alley, or it might be an urge to visit a particular town. Wouldn’t it be neat if something in our personal library filled us with the desire to fill the world with kindness?

To that end, here are ten children’s books that will help to foster the ideal of—and the desire to act with—kindness.

  1. Wonder by RJ Palacio: (from the publisher) August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?
  2. Gifts from the Enemy by Trudy Ludwig: (from the author) In this true and moving story, Alter Wiener, a teen survivor of five Nazi prison camps during WW II, transports young readers back in time when an unexpected person demonstrated moral courage in repeated acts of kindness toward him.
  3. ONE by Kathryn Otoshi: (from the author) One is an anti-bullying, number/color book that introduces the concepts of acceptance, tolerance, and what it means to stand up, make a difference, and count!
  4. Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson: (from the publisher) Ordinary Mary—an ordinary girl from an ordinary school, on her way to her ordinary house—stumbles upon ordinary blueberries. When she decides to pick them for her neighbor, Mrs. Bishop, she starts a chain reaction that multiplies around the world.
  5. Kindness: A Treasury of Buddhist Wisdom for Children and Parents by Sarah Conover: (from the publisher) Sarah Conover’s collection of traditional Buddhist tales leads us to the kind of implicit understanding of ourselves and others that only stories can provide. Following the Buddha through his various transformations, these clarified and often humorous narrative journeys open the ancient master’s profound and gentle teachings to persons of all ages, religions, races, and ideological persuasions.
  6. The Golden Rule by Ilene Cooper and Gabi Swiatowska: (from Barnes & Noble) Everyone knows a version of the Golden Rule. But what does it really mean? And how do you follow it? In this gorgeously illustrated book, a grandfather explains to his grandson that the Golden Rule means you “treat people the way you would like to be treated. It’s golden because it’s so valuable, and a way of living your life that’s so simple, it shines.”
  7. Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson: (from the author) A new girl comes to school and tries to make friends. When Chloe, the narrator, is unkind, the girl keeps trying. And then the girl is gone and Chloe is left only with the memory of her unkindness.
  8. Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe: (from Amazon) Mufaro has two beautiful daughters. Nyasha is kind and considerate, but Manyara is selfish and spoiled. When the king decides to choose a bride from among “The Most Worthy and Beautiful Daughters in the Land,” both Mufaro’s girls travel to the capital city. But only one can be chosen to marry the king.
  9. Good People Everywhere by Linea Gillen: (from the publisher) A soothing story to help children become mindful of the beautiful, caring people in their world. Each page delightfully unfolds with vibrant, engaging illustrations and endearing stories that warm hearts, evoke the imagination, and inspire young and old alike to create a world of compassion and beauty.

Of course, we couldn’t complete a list of kindness books for children without including the newest addition to the award-winning What Does It Mean To Be …? series from our own Rana DiOrio, What Does It Mean To Be Kind? To celebrate this soon-to-be-released title, we’re offering you a chance to pre-order a signed first edition! Click here for details!

Well, that’s ten. How many have you read? Which books would you recommend for teaching kindness? Tell us in the comment section!

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Pubslush Pointers—and A Promo!

While Pubslush may sound like an adult beverage for a hot day, I can guarantee that it’s much cooler than any old alcoholic snow cone.

From the website: “Founded by mother and daughter entrepreneurs, Hellen and Amanda Barbara, Pubslush is a global pre-publication platform that offers crowdfunding and pre-order options for authors and publishers.”

A lot of you are probably familiar with the “slush pile,” the never-never land to which manuscripts deemed unworthy of publishing are consigned. The minds behind Pubslush decided that too many great stories were being tossed aside in this way, and created their wildly popular crowdfunding platform.

Here’s how it works: authors submit their work and create a campaign. The Pubslush team provides personalized service throughout the process, helping authors refine their work and get the word out. Readers can cruise the virtual stacks for whatever genre suits their fancy. Once they find something, readers can pre-order their chosen title, often receiving additional bonuses such as signed editions, photographs, and other goodies.

Folks of a philanthropic bent can choose to create or support fundraisers, both for the books themselves or for pet projects suggested by the author. The Pubslush Foundation is one such project, seeking to fight childhood illiteracy by providing books to children with little or no access to reading material.

Pretty awesome, right? Makes you wanna start looking for new books right now, doesn’t it? Well, we have a couple of excellent choices to whet your appetite. Behold!

What Does It Mean To Be Kind?

The 5th book in Rana DiOrio’s award-winning What Does It Mean To Be …? series shows that every act of kindness is also an act of courage, and how small gestures can make a big difference to other people, animals, the planet, and even oneself. Click here to see various packages, and to order a signed first edition for your child’s home library.

Breath to Breath

Uprooted from his home and sent to live with his estranged father, seventeen-year-old William’s world is feeling tenuous at best. When he’s unexpectedly dragged into a situation in which he has no choice but to help an abused four-year-old boy, William’s world is rocked to the core as he discovers the truth behind the mysterious young boy’s stories of extreme sexual abuse. He and this boy are connected in ways William can’t even imagine and as horrible memories begin flood his consciousness, William’s rage drives him to steal a neighbor’s guns, convinced he must kill those responsible for causing a boy so much pain and betrayal. How William finds the love and compassion he needs to make the right choices is the heart and pulse of this riveting verse novel. Inspired by a true story, BREATH TO BREATH explores what hurt and healing really mean: to survive you hold your breath, but to live you must exhale. Click here to read a PDF excerpt, and to pre-order your copy.

Featured B Corp of the Month: Elemental Herbs

I’m currently recovering from a cold and the only thing that has kept me going is my All Good lip balm from our friends at Elemental Herbs. I picked up a few tubes at our last B-Corp conference (we have the best conferences) and after digging them up out of my bag, I can safely say I am hooked on this organically grown, plant-based “goop.”

As a certified B-corporation, Elemental Herbs is driven by a beautiful mission: to harness the natural powers of the environment’s purest, most elemental ingredients and organic herbs in order to offer natural healing products that are good for people and good for the earth. They believe in the power of goodness: “feeling good, doing good, all things good!” in every aspect of production and life. Their organic products are the epitome of kindness: they are cruelty-free, developed in a facility run by solar-power, and printed, packaged, and shipped using recycled and recyclable materials. They sponsor activist athletes such as Alison Gannett and Forrest Shearer, and donate 1% of all sales to 1% for the Planet.

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Elemental Herbs makes more than just life-saving lip balm. Their products include safe sunscreens, refreshing sore muscle recovery sprays, hydrating coconut oils, and gentle hand sanitizers. Arnica, Lavender, and Yarrow, oh my! These are just some of the carefully selected medicinal herbs that can be found in Elemental Herb’s product line.

The company began in Northern California and has since migrated down to Los Osos, but you can find their good stuff both online and in stores across the nation. The founder, Caroline Durell, a massage therapist and outdoor enthusiast, began making her signature goop for family and friends. Like the products, her business began organically. She eventually began evolving and selling her goods and we are glad she did!

Private labeling is also available for all of their products. How great would Little Pickle-flavored lip balm be?! I’ll take 100.

You can find them online here: http://www.elementalherbs.com/shop/

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Review: What Does It Mean To Be Kind?

When my children were little, I found myself saying to them, time and again, the Golden Rule, “Treat people the way you want to be treated.” But what do these words really mean to a four-year-old with limited life experience when it comes to dealing with others in considerate, compassionate ways? Saying this maxim is one thing; helping our little ones to truly understand what kindness actually looks and feels like, however, is quite another. That’s where What Does It Mean To Be Kind?, written by Rana DiOrio and illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch,  comes in.

This delightful picture book shows young readers that being kind is about having the courage to use your words and actions to help make our world a better place. And, as DiOrio shares in her book, those acts—whether small or large—do make a difference. Like a small pebble tossed in water, our acts of kindness have a ripple effect, modeling for others how they, too, can reach out in supportive, helpful, and thoughtful ways.

DiOrio further relays the important message that kindness isn’t something you only give to others; it’s also an important gift to give yourself. “Being kind,” she writes, “means allowing yourself to make and learn from your mistakes.”

With simple, straightforward text and adorable illustrations, What Does It Mean To Be Kind? is a great go-to resource for parents and caregivers to help children ages 4 to 8 easily understand what acts of kindness are all about. I highly recommend it!

Trudy Ludwig is a nationally acclaimed speaker and award-winning author of nine children’s books, including The Invisible Boy. Her work focuses on helping kids cope with and thrive in their social world. Trudy lives in Portland, OR, with her two great kids and kind hubby. You can find out more about her at trudyludwig.com.

Ready to learn more? Click here to pre-order your own signed first edition of What Does It Mean To Be Kind? today!