There's a new Courtney Sheinmel book out in the world today, and that makes me really happy! What makes me even happier is the pay-it-forward theme of this brand-new series. Here's the official book flap summary for The Kindness Club:
Fifth grader Chloe Silver is good at looking on the bright side. But staying positive has been difficult since her parents divorced and she had to start at a new school. When Chloe is given the chance to try out for the exclusive It Girls club, things are finally looking up again.
Then Chloe is assigned a science project with offbeat Lucy Tanaka and brainy Theo Barnes. Together they create an experiment that tests how people react to different acts of kindness, officially forming the Kindness Club. Lucy and Theo are fun to be around, and their new club means a lot to Chloe. But the It Girls don't want to share Chloe with anyone else. How can Chloe be kind to all of her friends, and still stay true to herself?
Want a sneak peek at the book? Click here to read an excerpt!
One of my favorite words is "hope." Another is "believe." I try to keep people optimistic and encourage them to chase their dreams and seize opportunities. Hang around me for a day and you'll hear me say, "You can do it! You can do the thing!" more than once. I think it's important to be true to yourself, and to encourage others to do the same, and to help each other out.
Make sure to check out the fun bonus features at The Kindness Club page, including:
The Kindness Club Discussion Questions
How to Write a Thank You Note
A Few Really Good Reasons to be Kind
The Kindness Club certificate
Psst...teachers, librarians, booksellers, Girl Scouts, volunteer groups... Courtney Sheinmel is visiting schools, libraries, and other places to talk about The Kindness Club. If you're interested in having her visit, let her know. I think it would be awesome if kids started their own Kindness Clubs in their communities!
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