Lately, our world has many loud and angry sounds. This picture book for children takes the reader on a “kindness walk” to pay attention to what kindness sounds like. The words are simple, but with illustrations as a prompt, there is ample space for conversation between reader and listener. The Reader Notes at the end of the book provide ideas to expand on the concept of kindness.
This heartwarming book touches on the themes of kindness and socio-emotional resonance, and the idea that our words matter.
Follow an adult and child as they explore their neighborhood, listening for the sounds of kindness. Words of friendship, gratitude, support, generosity, and love...we can see and hear them if we try. What will you hear if you take a kindness walk?
Kindness is all around us every day, if we know where to look for it--and listen This book is a gentle and encouraging acknowledgment of how much it matters to be kind...in our families, friendships, and communities.
About the Author
Amy Ludwig VanDerwater has taught writing for over 20 years, and her children's books have received accolades from the Junior Library Guild, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and the National Council of Teachers of English. She lives in an old farmhouse in Holland, NY. Visit amyludwigvanderwater.com and @amylvpoemfarm on Twitter and Instagram. Teresa Martinez is a children's book illustrator who grew up in Mexico. She studied Graphic Design in Arte AC and took painting courses in Italy to learn different techniques. She currently lives in Puerto Vallarta, a small beach town full of kindness that inspires her work. Visit @teresamtzjun on Instagram.