Now more than ever, a message of hope, compassion, empathy, and understanding is needed.
Now more than ever, children need to see themselves reflected in the pages of the books they read. Readers of all ages need to be able to “read their world” to both see themselves, and those are who different, whether by culture, religion, sexual orientation, special needs, or ethnicity.
Now more than ever, we need to come together as a nation of beautifully diverse people.
These profound thoughts were on the introduction page of one of the very first free Downloadable Kits that the MCBD Team ever created. The Multicultural Children’s Book Day Classroom Kindness Kit and Diverse Booklist were created back in 2018, even after a handful of years, and this message has not changed one bit.
But we all could use a refresher course on Kindness.
Kindness is a word that many of us are hearing more and more thanks to a series of concerning, tense, and sometimes scary past few years. Wikipedia defines Kindness as; a type of behavior marked by acts of generosity, consideration, or concern for others, without expecting praise or reward.
Kindness takes many forms too. Kindness can mean listening instead of talking. It can mean educating instead of criticizing. It can mean a hug or a smile. It can mean respect and love.
It’s something we all as humans need to be mindful of especially when it comes to being role models for kids. As always, encouraging and teaching kindness to children starts at home and in the classroom.
The MCBD Team invites you to grab your free Classroom (and Home!) Kindness Kit HERE.
Our FREE Kindness Classroom Kit containing:
- Diverse Kindness Book List for ages 4 -12
- Classroom Kindness Activities
- “Be a Hero Be Kind” Kindness Poster
- Multicultural Children’s Book Day Poster
Sign up is quick, easy, and FREE. Go HERE to grab your Kindness Classroom Kit and together we can Be a Hero, Be Kind.
Curious what Kindness books we recommend? Check out this “sneak peek” blog post on the Read Your World-5 Classroom Books About Kindness pulled from the free kit!
Hashtag: Don’t forget to connect with us on social media and be sure and look for/use their official hashtag #ReadYourWorld
Together we can Be a Hero and Be Kind.
Keep Calm and Read On!
Rebecca “Becky” Flansburg is an author, freelance writer, and project manager for the non-profit online children’s literacy initiative, Multicultural Children’s Book Day/ #ReadYourWorld. Join the celebration! Our 9th annual celebration will take place on January 28, 2022. For more information, visit Multicultural Children’s Book Day on the web.