Author(s): Jacqueline Woodson
Illustrator/Photographer: E. B. Lewis
Publisher and Year: Nancy Paulsen Books, 2012
Number of pages: 31
Tags/Themes: K-5, 6-8, Award Book, Diversity, Emotion, Fiction, Friendship, Meagan DeSalvo
Descriptive Annotation: Each Kindness is about a young girl Chloe who is a student at a school that Maya moves to. Each time that Maya makes an attempt to become friends with Chloe, Chloe denies any type of friendship. Chloe does not want anything to do with Maya. It is obvious that Maya does not come from a wealthy family, and the girls make fun of her for only wearing rags of second hand clothing. One day, Maya stops coming to school, and eventually the teacher reveals that Maya will not be coming back. The teacher teaches a lesson about how kindness spreads like a ripple after a rock is dropped in water. Chloe soon regrets not being able to show kindness to Maya, and she knows that she can no longer bring back those opportunities as Maya is gone.
Linguistic and Cultural Diversity Analysis: Under the Social Emotional Learning Standards, this book addresses: 3A.1a-4a, 3B.1a, 3B.1b, 2A.1a-4a, 2A.1b-4b, and 2B.1a-5a. The teacher has the ability to take the book in many different directions by going in depth or fairly basic. In any case, this book does provide a source for discussion and self-evaluation.
Other Information: I highly recommend this book. This children’s book just about brought me to tears to be quite honest. It leaves that impression afterwards about how little acts of kindness can go a long way, but it is impossible to bring back those lost moments. This would be an excellent book to read at the beginning of the year with any grade in helping to establish that strong classroom community. Each Kindness is a nominee for the 2015 Monarch Award which is geared towards Kindergarten to third grade.