“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Bibliographic Information: Each Kindness, written by: Jacqueline Woodson, Illustrated by: E.B. Lewis, Nancy Paulson Books, Penguin Group, 2012, 32pp.
Reading Level: 640L
Synopsis: This is the story of an African American girl named Chloe and a white girl named Maya. When Maya is the new student at school, Chloe has the chance to befriend her and doesn’t. Maya is wearing tattered clothes and the children make fun of her. When Maya does not come to school one morning, the teacher is talking about kindness. Chloe then realizes she has not been kind to Maya, but it is too late since Maya has moved.
Rationale For Use: I would use this book to talk about kindness and how even though we may be different we need to treat each other nicely.
Common Core Connection: I would use this as a group reading activity to engage children in a discussion of how we should treat others that are different than us. (RL.K.10)