Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Little Crooked Bookshelf on #ReviewsDay

by Pat Zietlow Miller
illustrated by Jen Hill

(This week's #ReviewsDay pick is from cottager Kara LaReau.)

What it's all about...
A girl watches her classmate, Tanisha, spill grape juice on her dress. How can she make Tanisha feel better?

Why I love it...
This pick was a no-brainer for me — a story celebrating kindness in all its forms, sensitively portrayed by the talented Pat Zietlow Miller, with lovely art from Jen Hill (otherwise known as the illustrator of The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters!).

Favorite lines...
Maybe I can only do small things.
But my small things might join small things other people do.
An together, they could grow into something big.

Sample illustration...

What's the kid-appeal?
The emotions in the story are pitch-perfect for young readers, who will be happy to learn how anyone at any age can make the world better.

What's the grownup appeal?
It's a wonderful read-aloud — and of course, we need engaging stories about kindness and empathy now more than ever.

Where to find/buy BE KIND
Indie Booksellers
Barnes & Noble

Or at a school or library near you!

Pat Zietlow Miller is the creative force behind the blog Read, Write, Repeat, where she reviews books for young readers. Her picture books include Sophie's SquashSophie's Squash Go To School, Wherever You GoSharing the Bread, and The Quickest Kid in Clarksville. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband, two daughters, and two pampered cats.

Jen Hill is the illustrator of several picture books, including Diana's White House Garden by Elisa Carbone, Spring for Sophie by Yael Werber, and Doing Her Bit by Erin Hagar; and is also the author and illustrator of Percy and Tumtum: A Tale of Two Dogs. She is a graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design and lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and her intern, Little Bee, who is very helpful for a cat.

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