WILL YOU BE THE “I” IN KIND?
Written by JULIA COOK
Illustrated by JOMIKE TEJIDO
ABOUT THE BOOK
From best-selling author, Julia Cook, comes a book that teaches children the many ways they can make the world a kinder place by being the “i” in “Kind.”
Join the fun as “K_nd” goes on an adventure to find his missing “i.” Along the way, he meets a diverse group of children who learn what it means to share their kindness through everyday actions both big and small. Whether helping someone who’s hurting, pitching in to protect our planet, allowing others to go first, or learning to share, this engaging story will spark conversations at home and in the classroom about the concepts of kindness, empathy, and compassion. Featuring beautiful illustrations and Cook’s signature rhyming style, this book will encourage children to bring kindness along wherever they go!
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Want to dive deeper?
Check out the Will You Be the “I” in Kind? Resource Bundle that allows you to take the explore the lessons taught in the picture book further. The downloadable Resource Bundle includes:
- Where Is Kindness Needed? picture search
- What Is the Kindest Thing You Could Do? quiz
- Kindness and You worksheet
- The Kindness Challenge worksheet
- Kindness Recognition cards
- Kindness Pledge
- Coloring pages from the book
PRAISE FOR WILL YOU BE THE “I” IN KIND?
This beautifully illustrated book shares the journey of “K_nd,” the main character, as he tries to find his missing “i.” You follow “K_nd” as he visits children in the neighborhood who show kindness in every day situations and become the “i” in kind. Throughout the book, we see several examples of showing kindness. Each example is relatable and can easily be put into action in our every day lives. This sweet book also covers important character traits like empathy and compassion along with kindness. I recommend this book in every space where children are learning and growing together!
Home School Parent
If you’re looking for a short and sweet book to teach kindness to little ones, “Will you be the ‘I’ in Kind?” is the perfect choice! It tells the story of “K_nd,” a little notepad who goes on a journey to find his missing “i.” Everywhere he goes, he asks a new friend if they’d like to be the “i” in kind, and teaches them one special way to be kind. He shows a diverse group of children that everyday actions such as smiling, helping, complimenting, taking turns, and giving can really make a big difference. I love how this story is relatable and easy to grasp for all kiddos, and offers so many practical ways to be kind. It would be a perfect read aloud for PreK – 2nd and go along wonderfully with a kindness, bullying prevention, or bucket filling unit. You won’t regret adding this one to your school counselor library!
“Will You Be the ‘I’ in Kind?” is a wonderful book by one of my favorite authors, Julia Cook, who encourages readers to learn what it means to share their kindness through everyday actions both big and small. Whether helping someone who’s hurting, letting someone go in front of you in line, or picking up a dropped pencil on the ground, this engaging story will spark conversations at home and in the classroom about the concepts of kindness, empathy, and compassion. My students brainstormed many ways they can choose to be kind, and I was very touched by all of their responses. Start having meaningful conversations with your students about how they can make the world a kinder place.
Meet the Author
JULIA COOK, M.S. is a national award winning children’s author, counselor and parenting expert. She has presented in thousands of schools across the country and abroad, regularly speaks at national education and counseling conferences, and has published children’s books on a wide range of character and social development topics. The goal behind Cook’s work is to actively involve young people in fun, memorable stories and teach them to become lifelong problem solvers. Inspiration for her books comes from working with children and carefully listening to counselors, parents, and teachers, in order to stay on top of needs in the classroom and at home. Cook has the innate ability to enter the worldview of a child through storybooks, giving children both the “what to say” and the “how to say it.”
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