Inspired by "The Twelve Days of Christmas," this picture book illustrates the many different forms that kindness can take, from veteran picture book author Irene Latham.
On the ﬁrst day of kindness, I will give to you a hug that’s warm and true.
There are many ways to be kind. Follow one girl as she expresses gratitude through kind deeds all her own—a smile or encouraging word or even shared snacks—and discovers one act of kindness inspires another. In this heartwarming lyrical text, twelve acts of everyday kindness are set to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Along with vibrant and warm illustrations, this joyous read-aloud celebrates how small acts of kindness can be practiced at any age.
About the Author
Irene Latham is a grateful creator of many novels, poetry collections, and picture books, including the co-authored Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship, which earned a Charlotte Huck Honor, and The Cat Man of Aleppo, which won a Caldecott Honor. Irene lives on a lake in rural Alabama.
Junghwa Park was born in Bucheon, South Korea, and immigrated to the states with her family when she was seventeen. Art was her way to communicate without bounds over a language barrier. She studied BFA Illustration at the School of Visual Art and in 2020 won the SCBWI Grand Prize at the Winter Conference Portfolio Showcase. She now lives with a Shiba Inu, Ketchup, and her partner, Q, in Jersey City, NJ.
Praise for Twelve Days of Kindness:
“Looking for an original sing-along with a familiar tune? “The Twelve Days of Christmas” turns into a dozen kindnesses that kids can practice every day. . . The rhyming text reinforces the lyrical pace, and children will quickly pick up the words as they add on each kindness and repeat the others . . . The imaginative details, illustrated warmly in watercolor, colored pencil, oil, and gouache, show children making valentines, taking out trash, finding treasures in nature, thanking community helpers, and enjoying family time. Use this for Thanksgiving or any time when kindness is a theme to elicit warm responses.” —Booklist