In What Does It Mean To Be Kind?®, Rana DiOrio shows that every act of kindness is also an act of courage, and how small gestures can make a big difference to other people, animals, the planet, and even oneself.
"We ask our children to be kind, but what does that really mean? 'What Does It Mean To Be Kind?,' with its engaging illustrations and endearing characters, gives children the tools they need to enact positive behavior in real life." Kathryn Otoshi, author of ONE
"...a beautiful book with a beautiful message. In language that is inspirational and never didactic, and illustrated with extraordinary grace, the book shows young children how easy it is to be kind through small acts and in simple ways. It takes a lofty concept like kindness and makes it not only attainable, but enjoyable. Cool beans!” -- R. J. Palacio, author of #1 NYT bestseller, Wonder
"With simple, straightforward text and adorable illustrations, this book is a great go-to resource for parents and caregivers to help young children easily understand what acts of kindness are all about. Love it!" --Trudy Ludwig, bestselling author of The Invisible Boy & My Secret Bully
"It’s encouraging to see a children’s book focused so specifically on the value of kindness, and one that gives so many definitions of what that term can mean. It’s also pleasant to experience the kind treatment of animals as part of what it means to be kind. The publisher includes a note in the book about their use of environmentally sustainable materials in production, demonstrating the book’s lessons in practice. This is a charming book with a welcome perspective." --Foreword Reviews
"A wonderful book that teaches us all the healing power of kindness." -- Leon Logothetis, The Kindness Diaries
About the Author:
R.J. Palacio’s book WONDER profoundly moved Rana DiOrio. It reminded her that as the mother of three young children, her single most important responsibility was to raise them to be kind. “In this world that so often challenges our sensibilities, it takes courage to be kind,” Rana explains. “As parents we need to teach our children to follow The Golden Rule—to treat others the way we want to be treated—and to encourage others to do the same, even when it is inconvenient or uncomfortable to do so.” Rana has written her way through life—as a student, a lawyer, an investment banker, a private equity investor, and now as an author and publisher of award-winning children’s media. Her interests include practicing yoga, reading non-fiction and children’s books, dreaming, helping entrepreneurs to realize their dreams, effecting positive change in the world, and, of course, being global, green, present, safe, and kind. She lives in San Francisco, California with her Cowboy and three Little Pickles. Follow Rana DiOrio on Twitter @ranadiorio.
About the Illustrator:
Stéphane Jorisch was born in Brussels, Belgium, and grew up in Lachine, Quebec, where his father, an illustrator of European comic strips, introduced him to illustrative art at a young age. Jorisch, whose illustration work is most often produced in watercolor, gouache, and pen and ink, has won many awards, including the prestigious Canadian Governor General’s Award for Children’s Illustration and the Toronto Dominion Canadian Children’s Literature Award. The illustrator of over eighty books for Canadian, European, and US publishers, some of his recent titles include New Year at the Pier by April Halprin Wayland, the Betty Bunny series by Michael B. Kaplan, and My Father Knows the Name of Things by Jane Yolen. In addition to his work for young readers, Stéphane Jorisch also illustrates for magazines and has created designs for the renowned Cirque de Soleil. He lives in Montreal with his wife and their three children.