In my last blog post I mentioned that a few years ago THE idea for a children’s book came to mind. The idea was, “The Kindness Machine.” Some of you may be thinking, “Ugh, really? Another book on kindness?” If that is what you’re thinking, let me share my thoughts.
Yes, there already are books out about kindness. Some of my favorites include Have You Filled a Bucket Today by Carol McCloud, A Little SPOT of Kindness by Diane Alber, The World Needs More Purple People by Kristen Bell and Benjamin Hart, and Enemy Pie by Derek Munson. There is a long list of children’s books on kindness already, but can there really be too many?
As a mother and a teacher, I strive to teach my children and my students to be kind. Not only to be kind in my classroom but when they leave my classroom. That might include recess, lunch, sports games, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, music lessons, playdates, family time, or when moving on to the next grade(s).
Kindness is not a topic that can be discussed and mastered by reading one book. The idea of kindness morphs as children grow and can developmentally process more ways to be kind. The concept morphs as their empathy and understanding grows. The concept of kindness must be reiterated until it becomes automatic. Additional books and discussions on kindness will continue to facilitate this process.
I am proud that my first children’s book will be to help continue this conversation. I am extremely proud that the theme in my book is not only to encourage kindness towards others, but also kindness to ourselves.