When We Are Kind / Nihá’ádaahwiinít’íigo

  • Illustrated By: Nicole Neidhardt
    Translated by: Mildred Walters
  • Pages:32
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:teaching compassion, being kind, dual-language, Diné, Navajo
  • Available:10/13/2020
  • Age Groups:Fiction Picture Book
  • Lexile:NP
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:G
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"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 and receive 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.

This bilingual book includes full text in both English and Diné.

“A perfect addition to your bedtime routine, and would make a great gift for every teacher and librarian your child knows, so each school has a copy upon reopening.”
– them.
“Simple statements have the resonance of affirmations and establish a clear chain of connectedness…A panoply of Indigenous characters is featured in rich detail. A visual feast for families interested in seeing the Native world through small, kind deeds.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“An accessible picture book that will work well as a read-aloud in a group or for quiet reading alone. Whether at home or in the classroom, its pleasing repetition of phrases. such as 'I am kind when' and 'I feel', will appeal to young readers and invite re-reading. Highly Recommended.”
– CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“Gentle…Notably centering Indigenous families and characters of color in personal and communal activities—and encouraging readers to evaluate their actions toward others.”
– Publishers Weekly
“Lovely…A gentle message that shows how kindness connects us and reinforces our deep relations.”
– Toronto Star
“Using minimal text, the message of kindness is delivered in illustrations that are beautiful, colorful and detailed. This title is highly recommended for use in preschool and primary or elementary classrooms and libraries.”
– Must Read Literature
“Visually appealing at every turn and offering up details in clothing and surroundings, there is much to see here. The words inspire questions and memories about being kind in the world, and with family and friends.”
– Sal's Fiction Addiction
“Thoughtful and beautifully illustrated.”
– Canadian Teacher Magazine
Children’s Book Council & National Council for Social Studies Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People   | 2021  |  Commended
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens   | 2021  |  Commended
Chocolate Lily Book Awards   | 2022  |  Commended
Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Awards - Shining Willow   | 2021  |  Nominated
Quill & Quire's Best Books of the Year   | 2020  |  Commended
Ontario Library service (OLS) First Nation Communities Read Awards - Children’s   | 2021  |  Short-listed
Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award   | 2022  |  Nominated

Download the When We Are Kind Teacher Resource.