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When We Are Kind

When We Are Kind

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By Monique Grab Smith & Illustrated by Nicole Neidhardt

"Notably centering Indigenous families and characters of color in personal and communal activities-and encouraging readers to evaluate their actions toward others."-Publishers Weekly

When We Are Kind celebrates simple acts of everyday kindness and encourages children to explore how they feel when they initiate andreceive acts of kindness in their lives. Celebrated author Monique Gray Smith has written many books on the topics of resilience and reconciliation and communicates an important message through carefully chosen words for readers of all ages. Beautifully illustrated by artist Nicole Neidhardt, this book encourages children to be kind to others and to themselves.

International speaker and award-winning author Monique Gray Smith is a mixed-heritage woman of Cree, Lakota and Scottish ancestry. She wrote When We Are Kind to prompt a dialog among young people, their care providers and educators about kindness and the importance of the connections children make with their friends, classmates and families. Monique's picture book My Heart Fills With Happiness won the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize and was selected as the TD Grade One Giveaway Book for all first-grade students in Canada in 2019. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her family.

Nicole Neidhardt is Dine (Navajo) of the Kiiyaa'aanii Clan and is from Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has a BFA from the University of Victoria and and an MFA at OCAD University in Toronto. Nicole's Dine identity is the heart of her practice, which encompasses illustration, installation, murals and Indigenous Futurisms.