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PRHC June 2022 Kids Key Titles (Eastern)

Where Kindness Matters Every Day
By (author): Vera Ahiyya Illustrated by: Joey Chou
Vera Ahiyya ,

Illustrated by :

Joey Chou


Random House Studio



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Children: Age (years) 4 - 8, Grade (US) P - 3
Jun 21, 2022
$23.99 CAD


10.25in x 11.31 x 0.4 in | 1.11 lb

Page Count:

40 pages


Random House Children's Books
Random House Studio
JUVENILE FICTION / School & Education
Written by kindergarten teacher and Instagram influencer affectionately known as the Tutu Teacher, comes a picture book about a class that creates a kindness pledge to ensure that their class is the kindest it can possibly be.

It’s the first day of Kindergarten and Leo isn’t at all ready. Leo is a quiet kid and would prefer to stay home. Over the summer, his new teacher, Ms. Perry sent a letter asking her students to think about how to show kindness in school. She explained that they would be making a kindness pledge, and each student should bring one way to show kindness on the first day.
As it turns out, Leo’s classmates have lots of ideas about kindness: like raising your hand, never leaving anyone out, and apologizing if you hurt someone’s feelings. At the end of the first day, Ms. Perry asks if anyone witnessed something they’d like her to add to the kindness pledge? Lots of hands shoot up in the air. Several classmates say they noticed Leo returning crayons to the box, holding the door for everyone, and helping a friend who fell. Leo smiles as he realizes he really does know a lot about kindness after all. 
A story reassuringly told by Vera Ahiyya and brought to exuberant life by illustrator Joey Chou, this story about a classroom coming together to make a kindergarten into a KINDergarten is sure to calm the nerves—and offer inspiration—to new kindergartners and the adults in their lives.

Author is a kindergarten teacher and influencer: Vera Ahiyya aka the Tutu Teacher has a large and engaged following, boasting 153k followers on Instagram and 22k on Facebook, and another 68k on Instagram under her account diversereads. She uses her platform to advocate for BIPOC creators. 

Back-to-School books are popular: The King of Kindergarten meets All are Welcome in this fun and useful story about how to be kind in the classroom.

We Need Diverse Books: Author and illustrator are both POC.

An illustrator with a following: Joey Chou has a vast following bringing a community of 204k followers on Facebook and an additional 78.4k on Instagram.

A timely and important message: The underlying themes of inclusion, consideration, and empathy will be a welcome message to booksellers, parents, and teachers looking to make kids feel safe in their classroom.

An accessible, light story: The text and artwork are wholly kid-friendly.

Vera Ahiyya has taught Kindergarten and first grade for the last 15 years in Austin, Boston, and Brooklyn. Vera’s online presence is dedicated to influencing other educators by spreading her vast knowledge and love of diverse children’s books. Vera’s unwavering commitment to social justice and diversity is also the focal point of her professional development presentations for other educators. Vera lives in Brooklyn with her husband Lonnell and her dog, Mozi.

Joey Chou is an animation artist and children’s book illustrator. He has illustrated the Little Golden Books I’m a Reindeer, ’m a Ballerina, I’m a Unicorn, I’m a Dragon, and I’m a Narwhal.
illustrator site: joeyart.com Instagram: choochoojoey

Author Residence: Brooklyn, NY

JOEY CHOU is an animation artist and children's book illustrator. He has illustrated the Little Golden Books I'm a Reindeer, 'm a Ballerina, I'm a Unicorn, I'm a Dragon, and I'm a Narwhal.
illustrator site: joeyart.com Instagram: choochoojoey

Illustrator Residence: Los Angeles

Author Website: thetututeacher.com

Author Social Media: Instagram: thetututeacher

★ “Ahiyya tunes into her upbeat, proactively compassionate vibe in this story of an introverted kindergartner tenderly guided through an uncertain first day by a teacher devoted to the power of kindness.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Will help alleviate fears and start kids thinking about ways to create their own KINDergartens.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A wonderful book to read aloud on the first day of kindergarten so classes could create their own kindness pledge.” —School Library Journal

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