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Finding Kindness

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  360 ratings  ·  67 reviews
From New York Times-bestselling author Deborah Underwood comes Finding Kindness, a heartfelt picture book illustrated by Irene Chan.

Celebrate kindness in all its many forms. This is a powerful story of community, compassion, and generosity of spirit--perfect for sharing!

Kindness is sometimes a cup and a card, or a ladder, a truck, and a tree. A scritch and a cuddle. A rake
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 29th 2019 by Henry Holt & Company
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Lisa  (not getting friends updates) Vegan
The illustrations are not in a style I love but they are fun. There are so many details and they do show a real sense of community and I did like that. I appreciate all the cats & dogs shown and all sorts of scenes that have appeal for children and grownups. The text sort of reminds me of the book A Friend is Someone Who Likes You, but I’m coming to it not for the first time as a six-year-old but someone well into adulthood and it felt a bit lacking to me. I think children will enjoy this book t ...more
So many ways to be kind.
Karen Arendt
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A gentle reminder that kindness is possible and comes in many different forms.
In a world where so many people seem angry and ready to be mean, it's awesome to have a book to share with young readers that celebrates all the ways people are nice to each other. When you take your eyes off of the news and away from your tablet or phone, you can see that there are lots of good people in our communities and we should follow their example. This could definitely generate a good conversation about all of the ways we can be kind and to look for the people that are helping their nei ...more
Richie Partington
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks, ps
Richie’s Picks: FINDING KINDNESS by Deborah Underwood and Irene Chan, ill., Henry Holt/Godwin Books, October 2019, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-250-23789-7

“How can people be so heartless
How can people be so cruel
Easy to be hard
Easy to be cold”
-- Galt MacDermot, James Rado, and Gerome Ragni (1969)

This week, I’ve been reading an “adult” book published a couple of years ago. THE COLOR OF LAW: A FORGOTTEN HISTORY OF HOW OUR GOVERNMENT SEGREGATED AMERICA is a couple of hundred pages of horrific, historic unkind
Amy Layton
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
With Underwood's knack for optimism and Chan's colorful illustrations, Finding Kindness is an homage to helping others and remaining kind and open.  There are lots of ways to be kind, it turns out--including doing a favor, sharing some food, and pushing someone on a swing.  This is a great book to read aloud to a little one, and perfect for stirring up conversations about what we can do for others.  Great for grades K-2, and awesome for those who want to read something similar to Todd Parr's Kin ...more
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A quiet, gentle, lovely, funny, happy, wise, and very very kind book. What more could you ask for?
This picture book is a 3.5 for me. Many teachers share the book, Wonder, with their students as a read aloud or assign it as a book for discussion, and students often finish it with questions about what it means to "choose kind" or uncertain about how to behave in kind ways. They can find plenty of suggestions in this picture book. Starting with a girl at a window, the pages show other scenes throughout her neighborhood that demonstrate simple acts of kindness--a firefighter rescuing a cat, a bo ...more
Lisa Momblanco
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another great story by Deborah Underwood! The examples of kindness are simple and plentiful. They should give kids lots of good ideas about how to be kind. It shows how to be compassionate and makes the reader feel good.

The illustrator, Irene Chan, does a great job of inviting the reader in with the bright, vivid pictures. I loved the full page on its side to illustrate the large city!

Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Finding Kindness by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Irene Chan. PICTURE BOOK Henry Holt, 2019. $18. 9781250237897



Kindness can be found in many small gestures if you look around. Sometimes it’s a friend sharing a treat or family taking care of each other. Sometimes it looks like forgiveness or service. However kindness appears, it makes the world a better place.

This colorfully illustrated book takes on the topic of kindness in simp
Maria Marshall
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-picture
What a tender, circular concept book on kindness. Where sometimes, all one needs is a cup and card to show compassion for another living being. The illustrations, featuring a diversity in race, age, ethnicity, and ability, carry the reader on a journey through a child's town demonstrating how everyone can show kindness, empathy, and compassion in big and little actions throughout their day. The gently rhyming text shows both small gestures (returning a dropped key, holding open door, or waiting ...more
Juliana Lee
The artwork brings the text to life with some unexpected interpretations of kindness. For example a bird feeder is both a seed container hanging from a tree and a person feeding the birds. The illustrations move seamlessly from one example to another by drawing attention to the preceding and forthcoming examples of kindness in the same picture, making kindness not just isolated incidents, but common everyday occurrences.
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: baby-gifts
Love this book. Beautiful illustrations and diverse characters that show that kindness can be seen in the smallest of actions that make a big difference. I appreciate that it acknowledges that kindness includes being kind to yourself, too.
I love love love the poem but not so much the illustrations, but don't know why. Perhaps it would be fun for teachers to have kids make their own illustrations. Might like it best as a one on one read or bedtime talking about kindnesses encountered throughout a day. Can see some aspects of search and find in pointing out illustrations. Can't wait to hear other reactions and uses.

I've been reading Michelle Borba's Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me Word
and always look for b
Molly Cluff (Library!)
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
A charming book that captures lots of little ways to be nice (catching a bug and letting it go outside, filling a birdfeeder, taking a picture for someone, making room on a bench, etc). Sometimes I had to really examine the illustration to figure out what the kind action was that the text was referring to. Bright and happy illustrations and I like the way the beginning and ending lines framed everything.
Flossmoor Public Library (IL)
5 stars

This picture book is such a great conversation starter! In this book, numerous examples of kindness are described throughout a city. Caregivers can read this book with young children and use it as a tool to discuss different ways to show kindness. It is a difficult concept for young people to understand. This book gives them real-life examples from which adults can explain how that character was made to feel happier. Well done!

- Miss Emily
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Finding Kindness is a sweet, rhythmic, heartwarming story that celebrates kindness and community. Kindness can be found in so many small actions, such as reading a story, waving hello or sharing a sandwich. This story reminds the reader just how easy and catching kindness can be. Irene Chan’s bright watercolor illustrations depicting a diverse community brings this story together. An important book to share with young readers. Recommended for everyone
Margaret Boling
9/5/2020 ~ This is one of those picture books where there is so much happening in the illustrations, that you need to take time to re-read and pore over the pages. Each page has a connection to the page that came before, as the characters hand off acts of kindness to the subsequent characters. In this Utopian town, we can find acts of kindness in each interaction. This would be a good book to start the year in a classroom, establishing norms for small (and large) kindnesses throughout the day.
Samantha Mairson
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fellow youth services librarians
What did everyone else make of the cup and the bug that open and close the book? I don't fully understand that piece of the story. Is it a symbol? What would the creators say about it?

Love the rhyming and the message about kindness. I also love that the story demands extra time and attention to the relationship between words and illustrations.
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A lovely picture book demonstrating many different forms of kindness: from waving hello, holding a door, cuddling with a pet, helping a neighbour, to offering up your seat on the bus, among so much more. A nice story that begins and ends with the same character, and I loved how each character and page was connected to the last. Pretty, colourful illustrations.
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
From New York Times-bestselling author Deborah Underwood comes Finding Kindness, a heartfelt picture book illustrated by Irene Chan.

Celebrate kindness in all its many forms. This is a powerful story of community, compassion, and generosity of spirit--perfect for sharing!

Kindness is sometimes a cup and a card, or a ladder, a truck, and a tree. A scritch and a cuddle. A rake and a yard.
Alexander Fernandez
Originally published at Mr. Alex's Bookshelf:

Oftentimes the concept of kindness is hard to grasp for young minds. If you need proof, look no further than adults who don’t understand the concept. This book goes a long way in helping to explain kindness to everyone.

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In simple prose, Underwood provides relatable examples of kindness with which children can easily identify. My personal favorites: It’s soup when a nei
Kim Zarins
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
I would pair this with a video of Mr. Roger's famous quotation from his mother saying that in tough times, if you look around, you'll see people lending helpful hands. Such a good, uplifting message, and the flow of images reinforces the idea that all these acts of kindness are happening on an ordinary day in an ordinary city. I think I'd like to live in this book. ...more
Jun 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
A beautiful book about all the ways we can show kindness. I love that the pictures generate their own conversation with the reader about what the kind act is and hopefully provides the opportunity to recognize and be more grateful for the acts of kindness we receive and provide new inspiration for ways we can be more kind.
“Kindness is sometimes just taking a break or sitting with someone who’s day,
forgiving yourself when you’ve made a mistake or forgiving a friend who got mad.”

Often times, kindness is a very simple act, but the impact isn’t any less. Kindness is for humans and for animals, for others and for ourselves. A simple text with an important message.
This book is beautiful. I love the way the illustrations connect to each other. It made even more sense when even the text went around and connected. It's fun to see one person or dog in one picture and then that same character on the next page. ...more
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
One long sentence describing kindness around the neighborhood as adults and children show that they can do random acts of kindness for others. Big colorful illustrations and people helping people is the theme.
Zoe Smith
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very cute book that emphasizes the little things that we can do daily to be kind to others around us. This book also is very diverse in the characters and is representative of many different cultures.
Colorado Buck
awesome message. it's all the little ways you can show kindness to people, animals, and the earth. it's all interconnected, so it goes full circle at the end too, really cool concepts in here. LOVE! ...more
Aug 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: kid-stuff
This is a cute little book of all the ways we can do nice things for each other. It's a sweet way to share ideas with little kids about random acts of kindness, whether you're sending a card or giving up your seat on the bus. ...more
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