Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson

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Each kindness makes the world a little better

This unforgettable book is written and illustrated by the award-winning team that created The Other Side and the Caldecott Honor winner Coming On Home Soon. With its powerful anti-bullying message and striking art, it will resonate with readers long after they've put it down.

Chloe and her friends won't play with the new girl, Maya. Every time Maya tries to join Chloe and her friends, they reject her. Eventually Maya stops coming to school. When Chloe's teacher gives a lesson about how even small acts of kindness can change the world, Chloe is stung by the lost opportunity for friendship, and thinks about how much better it could have been if she'd shown a little kindness toward Maya.


About Jacqueline Woodson

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Jacqueline Woodson is the winner of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults, the recipient of three Newbery Honor Awards for After Tupac and D Foster, Feathers and Show Way, and a two-time finalist for the National Book Award for Locomotion and Hush. Other awards include the Coretta Scott King Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Miracle's Boys. Her most recent novel, Beneath a Meth Moon, will be published spring 2012. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York. E. B. Lewis has illustrated more than fifty picture books, including Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award winner Talkin' About Bessie (by Nikki Grimes) and Caldecott Honor winner Coming On Home Soon (by Jacqueline Woodson). He taught art in public schools for twelve years, and currently teaches at the University of Arts in Philadelphia. He lives in Folsom, New Jersey.
Published October 2, 2012 by Nancy Paulsen Books. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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Narrator Chloe is a little grade-school diva who decides with casual hubris that the new girl, Maya, is just not good enough.

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The New York Times

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It’s Anti-Bullying Awareness Month, and these books remind us that even small acts of kindness can have far-reaching effects.

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Publishers Weekly

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When a new and clearly impoverished girl named Maya shows up at school (“Her coat was open and the clothes beneath it looked old and ragged”), Chloe and her friends brush off any attempt to befriend her.

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Please note: This review is based on an final hardcover book provided by the publisher, Nancy Paulsen Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group, for review purposes.

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City Book Review

For several months, Chloe gossips about Maya with her two best friends, but never lets Maya into her life.

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Shelf Awareness

In September, hackers stole pin codes and other debit and credit card information about customers at 63 Barnes & Noble stores (about 10% of its total), according to reports in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and other media that were confirmed by B&N.

Oct 24 2012 | Read Full Review of Each Kindness


Older children can make these books themselves as all it requires is for them to slip the original into the binding.Disadvantages: Only one copy of each book can be made this way (unless you photocopy the originals).Cost: £ (Display books in my local stationers started at £2.50, and photo albums ...

Nov 25 2017 | Read Full Review of Each Kindness

K-Gr 2—Maya is the new girl. Her clothes are worn and her shoe is broken, but she offers a shy "hello" to the class. Their response is as cold as the snow outside. Chloe and her "best friends that year" reject Maya's continued warm offerings of friendship, even as they watch her play alone at rec...

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