ARCs Book Reviews

ARC Review: When We Are Kind by Monique Gray Smith, Illustrated by Nicole Neidhardt

Thank you to Orca Book Publishers and NetGalley for the e-ARC to read and review! When We Are Kind goes on sale September 15, 2020.

Image via NetGalley

Genre: Picture Books
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: When We Are Kind celebrates simple acts of everyday kindness and encourages children to explore how they feel when they initiate and receive acts of kindness in their lives. Celebrated author Monique Gray Smith has written many books on the topics of resilience and reconciliation and communicates an important message through carefully chosen words for readers of all ages. Beautifully illustrated by artist Nicole Neidhardt, this book encourages children to be kind to others and to themselves.


My Review: Simple but effective – incredibly important to the conversations today, “When We Are Kind” is a celebration of kindness. The book shows through cozy-good, colorful illustrations why it’s important to always choose kindness and be respectful: it creates happiness within ourselves and others. I also love depictions of self love by being kind to one’s self. “When We Are Kind” is a great story for kids with positive messages for all ages. Kindness is an infinite circle: it connects us all into one big “related” community.

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