It's Cool To Be Kind

Children - Grade 4th-6th
122 Pages
Reviewed on 08/04/2018
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Reviewed by Kristy Vee for Readers' Favorite

It’s Cool To Be Kind by Linnea McFadden is a story about bullying and what can happen when the situation is approached in a positive way. Things couldn’t have been going better for fourth-grader Beckett Barnes, that is until Porter Reed comes to Rock Hill Elementary and Beckett’s world is turned upside down. Porter is not a happy kid and takes it out on everyone in his path--including Beckett. Beckett’s unsure of how to handle this bully and begins avoiding his favorite activities, his friends, and even taking his frustrations out on his brother. After sharing his troubles with his family, he takes to heart their encouraging advice and things unfold in a way that Beckett had never expected.

It’s Cool To Be Kind is an uplifting, charming read geared toward empowering children to be kind to one another and to speak up for themselves, as well as others who may be struggling with bullying. McFadden writes an enthusiastic, engaging story that’s relatable to many, as most of us have experienced some type of bullying, and there are plenty of encouraging messages scattered throughout. It’s Cool To Be Kind should be on the shelves of every home and classroom, not just for the great story, but also the various resources provided in the back. One thing’s for sure, each child will be inspired to share their own experiences and think up new ways to spread the simple, yet powerful message: it’s cool to be kind! What a wonderful message to share! Five stars.