One small act of kindness can change the world. From esteemed bullying expert and author of The Invisible Boy, Trudy Ludwig and Little Elliot illustrator Mike Curato comes a tale as simple--and simply inspiring--as the golden rule.
When one child reaches out in friendship to a classmate who seems lonely, she begins a chain reaction of kindness that ripples throughout her school and her community. One kind act begets another, small good deeds make way for bigger ones, and eventually the whole neighborhood comes together to build something much greater than the sum of its parts.
From acclaimed bullying expert Trudy Ludwig, The Power of One
not only conveys a message of kindness, it offers concrete steps that kids can take to make a difference in their own communities.
As Trudy says in the final line of the book: "Acts and words of kindness DO count, and it all starts with ONE."
is a nationally acclaimed speaker and an award-winning author who specializes in writing children's books that help kids cope with and thrive in their social world, including The Invisible Boy
and My Secret Bully
. She has received rave reviews from educators, experts, organizations, and parents at schools and conferences around the US for her passion and compassion in addressing peer aggression and friendship issues. An active member of the International Bullying Prevention Association, Trudy also collaborates with organizations like the Committee for Children and ConnectSafely.org, and has served as content adviser for Sesame Street Workshop. Trudy's books have won the Mom's Choice Gold Award, the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Gold Award, and the NAPPA Gold Award, and have also been recognized as NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People.
Visit her at trudyludwig.com
Follow her on Twitter at @TrudyLudwigMIKE CURATO
is the award-winning author and illustrator of the beloved polka-dotted elephant, Little Elliot, who appears in his books Little Elliot, Big City; Little Elliot, Big Family; Little Elliot, Big Fun;
and Little Elliot, Fall Friends
. He is also the illustrator of What If...
by Samantha Berger and All the Way to Havana
by Margarita Engle. Mike lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Visit him at mikecurato.com
"One small act of kindness can make a lasting impact. So can one powerful book. THE POWER OF ONE by Trudy Ludwig and Mike Curato is that book."
—Pat Zietlow Miller, New York Times
bestselling author of Be Kind
"Thought-provoking, uplifting, and actionable, The Power of One will inspire young readers to plant the seeds of kindness in their own classrooms and communities."
—Alexandra Penfold, New York Times
bestselling author of All Are Welcome
“Words and pictures work together to show how, one by one, we can make a difference. . . . A straightforward message that even small acts of kindness can have a big impact
.” —Kirkus Reviews