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Illustrated by Rahele Jomepour Bell



About the Book

A gorgeous and powerful book about how simple acts of kindness can change the world.

Pay It Forward. Random Acts of Kindness. The Golden Rule. Choose Kind.
As parents, teachers, grandparents, aunts and uncles, we hope to teach children compassion, kindness, and selflessness. 
With a gentle, poignant text by Jen Arena, and colorful, detailed illustrations by Rahele Jomepour Bell, this unforgettable story shows the power of simple acts of kindness and the potential to change other people’s days for the better.

Product Details

On sale: August 22, 2023
Age: 4-8 years
Grade: Preschool - 3
Page count: 40 Pages
ISBN: 9781524714994
Reading level: Lexile: AD220L | Fountas/Pinnell: L

Author Bio

Jen Arena is formerly an editorial director at Random House Books for Young Readers, and has written over 50 books for kids, including Lady Libery's Holiday, Salsa Lullaby, Sleep Tight, Snow White, Marta! Big & Small, and Besos for Baby.
When she's not writing or editing, you can find Jen in her garden, curled up with a good book, on a volleyball court, or at her local bookstore. She lives in Tampa, FL. 


Rahele Jomepour Bell came to the United States from Iran in 2011 to pursue her dream of being a free international artist and graduated with an MFA in Integrated Visual Arts from Iowa State University in 2015. Books she has illustrated include To Change a Planet, The Treasure Box, Angry Me, Book's Big Adventure, and Our Favorite Day of the Year.
Rahele is the recipient of the We Need Diverse Books Illustration Mentorship Award, the SCBWI Portfolio Showcase Grand Prize, and the SCBWI Social Media Mentorship Award. She lives in the green state of Washington with her husband and her daughter, and works as a full-time freelance illustrator in her home studio. 


“An appealing addition to the growing number of books on kindness and community.” —Kirkus Reviews

"Via simple lines and saturated, stroke-heavy art, the considerate cast places readers in a classroom where mutual care and its pleasures are part of the fabric of togetherness." —Publishers Weekly

"Bell's eye-pleasing textured illustrations feature a diverse classroom and bring liveliness to a story that works non-didactically to instill values of kindness and generosity." —The Horn Book

"This story warmly encourages mutual support and serves as a lovely reminder to always offer a little kindness while going about each day." —The Bulletin