Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 3 to 6
- Grade: p to 1
Nine celebrated children’s picture book illustrators, including Rebecca Bender, Wallace Edwards, and Suzanne Del Rizzo, unite to illustrate an empowering text that celebrates the ways young children can show kindness.
Are you kind?
In a series of simple yet evocative questions, this impactful book asks children how they will show kindness and consideration for others. Written by the editors of Pajama Press, and illustrated by celebrated Pajama Press artists, these stunning pages inspire meaningful discussion and storytelling about the understated yet powerful ways in which children might influence the world around them. A World of Kindess goes beyond mere rhetoric to examine, in a child-friendly way, everyday social interactions where a kind word or act could have a transformative affect on others.
Many of the original images in this book have been donated by the artists. The cover art was created and donated by award-winning author-illustrator Suzanne Del Rizzo.
About the authors
Suzanne Del Rizzo has always loved getting her hands messy. She traded her job in scientific research for a career in children’s illustration with her first picture book, Skink on the Brink, which won the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award and was a finalist for the Rainforest of Reading Award. Suzanne’s dimensional illustrations use Plasticine, polymer clay, and other mixed media to bring rich texture and imagination to her books. In 2015, looking for resources to explain the Syrian Civil War to her own children, Suzanne came across an article of a boy who took solace in a connection with wild birds at the Za’atari refugee camp. Struck by the universality of a child’s relationship to animals, she began writing My Beautiful Birds. Her distinctive illustrations also grace Sun Dog, a winner of the IODE Jean Throop Book Award, and Before You Were Born, an acclaimed and touching celebration of new life. Suzanne lives in Oakville, Ontario.
BRIAN DEINES has illustrated numerous books for children, including SkySisters
(written by Jan BourdeauWaboose), Dragonfly Kites (written by Thomson Highway),
and One Hockey Night (written by DavidWard). He has been nominated for
numerous awards, including the Governor Generalâ€™s Literary Award, the Ruth and
Sylvia Schwartz Childrenâ€™s Literature Award, the Martha Baillie Picture Book
Award, and the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award. A native of Red Deer, Alberta,
Brian lives in Toronto.
Kim La Fave, a Governor General's Award-winning artist, is the illustrator of Amos's Sweater (by Janet Lunn) -- winner of the Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award for illustration -- Follow That Star (by Kenneth Oppel), I Am Small (by Cherrie Fitch), the bestselling The Bones and Skeleton Book (by Steven Cumbaa) and many other children's books. He lives in Roberts Creek, BC.
A folk artist and award-winning illustrator who trained at the Ontario College of Art and Design, Tara Anderson is known for her lively and humorous animal illustrations. Her most recent work includes spot illustrations of a quirky little hamster in Sapphire the Great and the Meaning of Life, and beautiful coloured-pencil illustrations of a boisterous family of rhinos in Rhino Rumpus. Her debut That Stripy Cat was followed with Nat the Cat Can Sleep Like That, which won the 2014 Preschool Reads Award and was nominated for the 2015 SYRCA Shining Willow Award. The antics of Nat and his kitten friend are inspired by the cats who roam her farmhouse in Tweed, Ontario, where she lives with her husband and daughter.
Manon Gauthier is a graphic artist who made the leap to picture book illustration in 2006. After her first book was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award for Children's Literature, she dedicated herself entirely to illustration, and to giving presentations and art workshops in schools across Quebec. A flexible artist, Manon works in many media, including gouache, pencils, and paper collage. She lives in Montreal.
Rebecca Bender is a well-loved author-illustrator of children’s books as well as an art director and designer. Her picture books include Not Friends, Don’t Laugh at Giraffe, Giraffe Meets Bird, Peach Girl (illustration), and How Do You Feel?. She has also illustrated the chapter books Slug Days, Penguin Days, and Duck Days. Rebecca’s awards and honors include the OLA Blue Spruce Award, a Cooperative Children’s Book Center best-of-the-year choice, and a Toronto Public Library best-of-the-year selection. Rebecca graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design at the top of her class, earning the Medal for Illustration. She lives in Burlington, Ontario, with her husband and two children.
L’œuvre de François Thisdale mélange les techniques traditionnelles et l’imagerie numérique. Il est l’illustrateur de The Stamp Collector, qui a été sur la liste d’honneur IBBY, That Squeak, un livre qui s’est mérité une mention d’honneur pour le prix IBBY Canada Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver et Missing Nimama, lauréat du prix TD de littérature pour l’enfance et la jeunesse. François vit à Montréal, au Québec.
François Thisdale's work blends traditional drawing and painting with digital imagery. He is the illustrator of The Stamp Collector, which is on IBBY Honor List, That Squeak, an honour book for the IBBY Canada Elizabeth Mrazik- Cleaver Picture Book Award, and Missing Nimama, winner of the TD Canadian Children’s Book Award. François lives in Montreal, Quebec.
WALLACE EDWARDS, diplômé de l’Université de l’École d’art et de design de l’Ontario, est un auteur-illustrateur primé. Ses peintures et ses illustrations se retrouvent dans des collections privées et publiques, des livres, des magazines et des expositions au Canada et aux États-Unis. Son premier livre jeunesse, Alphabeasts, a remporté le Prix littéraire du Gouverneur général en 2002. Depuis, il continue à recevoir des nominations et des récompenses prestigieuses soulignant son approche géniale des albums illustrés. Il habite à Yarker, en Ontario.
WALLACE EDWARDS is a graduate of OCA whose picture books have been nominated for three Governor General's Literary Awards; he won the award for Alphabeasts. Other honours include the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award, two Independent Publisher Book Awards, a Canadian Toy Testing Council Great Book Award, a CLA Honour Book and two OLA Best Bets, among many others; and his work has also been added to the International Youth Library White Ravens list.
Dean Griffiths is a popular picture book artist with more than 25 titles to his name. His many awards include the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Book Prize for Maggie Can't Wait and the Chocolate Lily Award for Ballerinas Don't Wear Glasses. Dean's 2012 title Lumpito and the Painter from Spain has been nominated for the SYRCA Shining Willow Award and was a Bank Street Best Book. His most recent book is When Emily Carr Met Woo. Dean lives in Duncan, British Columbia, with his daughter.
- Commended, CBC Books bestseller #3
- Commended, 49th Shelf "Back to School Books" selection
- Commended, ILA Today, "Conflict: Awareness, Understanding, and Resolution" selection
- Commended, CBC Books The Next Chapter selection
- Commended, 49th Shelf "Kids Books on Kindness" selection
- Commended, 49th Shelf "Picture Books are for Everyone: A Holiday List" selection
- Commended, CBC Books Books of the Year: Wendy Orr selection
- Commended, Houston Family Magazine selection
- Commended, Resource Links "The Year's Best" selection
Excerpt: A World of Kindness (edited by Ann Featherstone; illustrated by Suzanne Del Rizzo, Brian Deines, Kim La Fave, Tara Anderson, Manon Gauthier, Rebecca Bender, Francois Thisdale, Wallace Edwards & Dean Griffiths)
Are you kind?
Praise for A World of Kindness
A CBC Books Top Ten Bestselling Canadian Book for over 20 weeks!
2018 ILA Literacy Daily "Conflict: Awareness, Understanding, and Resolution" selection
2018 Resource Links "The Year's Best" selection
2018 CBC Books The Next Chapter "7 great book recommendations for young readers" selection
2018 CBC Books "Books of the Year: Wendy Orr's favourite book of 2018: the picture book A World of Kindness" selection
2018 Houston Family Magazine "It's a New Year...Find More Kindness and Forgiveness and Time to Foster Friendships" selection
2018 49th Shelf "Picture Books are for Everyone: A Holiday List" selection
2018 49th Shelf "Kids Books on Kindness" selection
2018 49th Shelf "Back to School Books" selection
"A tool to spur kindness conversations..."—Kirkus Reviews
"It's clear that the world would be a better place if we approached one another with empathy and kindness....The child-friendly questions posed and the scenarios depicted [in A World of Kindness] provide food for thought and discussion about the importance of taking action. Ultimately, young readers may realize that kindness starts with one small act, rippling outward to touch others and improve the world."—ILA Literacy Daily, "Conflict: Awareness, Understanding, and Resolution"
"Every page of this book has a unique style of artwork....The settings and children featured in each scene reflect a diversity of cultures....Every child (and parent) could benefit from this book."—Resource Links
"The real strength of A World of Kindness is its art...each illustration in its own way and style authentically highlights the joy of kindness...Preschool and Kindergarten teachers will find that A World of Kindness makes a lovely companion to now-classic picture books on kindness such as Have You Filled a Bucket Today?"—CM Magazine
"Kids receive a fine primer on how simple acts of kindness towards each other make a difference not only in the lives of strangers and acquaintances; but in the world around them....Very simple concepts and lovely drawings excel in clarifying the concept and various ways it can empower a child, in particular, in a highly recommended survey all collections should have."—Midwest Book Review
"This modest book is a fabulous introduction to kindness and an excellent conversation starter at the beginning of a school year. Regardless of age, color, what we look like or who we are, this book models what kindness looks like for all living creatures. Teaching good manners, accepting differences, talking about making others feel good are all exemplified here in simple text with vivid gentle pictures."—Youth Services Book Review
"We rated this book: 4.5/5...the illustrations are quite lovely, and they come in a range of styles using a variety of mediums...I appreciate the book's simple approach to a concept that can be somewhat amorphous. The questions and illustrations give kids concrete examples of what kindness can look like and encourage them to pause to consider their own actions and the effect they have on others. All that together with the fact that the book's proceeds benefit a good cause make this one not to miss."—Manhattan Book Review
"A series of simple, yet meaningful, questions, posed by the editors of Pajama Press, ask children how they can demonstrate empathy and kindness toward others."—Canadian Children's Book News
"A World of Kindness is a nicely illustrated picture book that shows children how they can be kind to others....[This book] is aimed at children 3 – 6 years old, but the message it contains is for everyone."—Our Windsor
"The ideas are simple, but they're also transformative and profound, and the depth and diversity of illustrations on this book provide another layer of richness, making A World of Kindness a deeply meaningful read."—Pickle Me This
"The text of A World of Kindness is endearing and straightforward, and will work well with young preschoolers and children in primary grades. But it's the illustrations, some from already published works and some original art, that will carry the message. Children will see kindness in the hugs, the sharing, and the love that seasons these pages....[A]t its heart, A World of Kindness is a compendium of beautiful messages in words and art to help make our world, starting with our youngest readers, a place of graciousness and goodwill. With such benevolence, this picture book will triumph with purpose."—CanLit for LittleCanadians
"A simple introduction to kindness and gives children concrete examples of how they can show kindness to others. I highly recommend this beautifully illustrated book. I will be using it in my character education class. It is a valuable book for elementary school classrooms."—Oregon Coast Youth Preview Center
“[A] beautiful book…each page features the artwork of a different illustrator. Students enjoyed the variety and spent time analyzing the illustrations.”—Teachers Books Readers
"Learn how to be kind through this colorful book....With each page illustrated by a different artist, the reader can enjoy many different ways of looking at the world, and this subtly shows how each person is unique as they share a kind act."—Children's Book & Media Review
"The questions are asked of young readers, and the illustrations inspire quiet conversation about the many ways we can show kindness to others...Empathy and kindness can be severely lacking in these divisive times, and we can often look to children to show us the way."—Sal's Fiction Addiction
"[T]his picture book is more attuned to making its simple, important, strong messages/sentiments known, and thus would likely function well in preschool or elementary classrooms for further discussion and exploration...The themes in A World of Kindness also allow for the book to be effectively paired and examined with similarly-themed picture books such as David Ezra Stein's The Nice Book, Pat Zietlow Miller and Jen Hill's Be Kind, or All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold and Suzanne Kaufman."—Fab Book Reviews
"The pictures are well chosen to convey the actions, and show diversity. A great addition to any collection."—Canadian Bookworm
"The messages, which include being kind to animals, helping those younger than you and saying sorry when you are wrong, makes it a cute and beautiful book."—Book Time
"I'm always on the lookout for new ways to talk about kindness with my students. This book is perfect for starting a discussion....This is a perfect book for reading aloud. After an initial read through, educators could talk about one page a day and have a wonderful discussion. It's also a great book for studying different styles of illustration and what makes them effective."—That's Another Story
Other titles by Suzanne Del Rizzo
Other titles by Brian Deines
A Bear in War
Les chênes de Vimy
La route vers la paix
The Vimy Oaks
A Journey to Peace
Adrift at Sea
A Vietnamese Boy's Story of Survival
In a Cloud of Dust
The True Story of Three Zoo Elephants and their Rescue from Captivity