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Let's fill this world with kindness

True tales of goodwill in action

Alexandra Stewart, Jake Alexander


The perfect book for troubled times, this collection of over 25 real-life stories shows how heroic acts of kindness can change our world for the better

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In this uplifting collection of stories by Alexandra Stewart, children are introduced to real-life heroes and heroines who have chosen to act in kindness, even when they have been faced with terrible persecution, prejudice, disaster and illness. Aimed at empowering children who feel the weight of the world on their shoulders, these stories are designed to help readers make positive choices in their own lives by embracing kindness as their superpower.

Stories include Harriet Tubman’s remarkable rescue missions to free enslaved African Americans; the French village of Le Chambon’s protection of Jewish refugees under Nazi persecution during the Second World War; and the Fukushima workers who volunteered to clean up after the nuclear crisis in Japan; as well as everyday examples of kindness in sporting competitions, neighbourly acts of kindness and random acts of kindness towards complete strangers.

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'The profiles are well crafted with intriguing, often inspiring details... Bravery, compassion, and initiative go hand in hand in these concise, compelling stories'
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'Inspiring [with] bright, colorful illustrations... Some subjects readers might recognize, while others they may not, making this an especially enlightening read'

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 24.0 x 17.2 cm

Extent: 120 pp

Illustrations: 80

Publication date: 18 May 2023

ISBN: 9780500653104

Contents List


Chapter One: The Science of Kindness
Survival of the Kindest
Kindness: The Best Medicine
The Loop of Kindness
Flexing the Kindness Muscle

Chapter Two: Kindness in the Face of Persecution
The World’s Kindest Village: The Story of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon
Harriet Tubman: Guided by Kindness
Walter and Adelaide: Fighting Injustice with Kindness in Apartheid South Africa

Chapter Three: Kindness in the Face of Prejudice
Sinead Burke: Campaigning for a Kinder World
Daryl Davis and the KKK

Chapter Four: Kindness in War
Charlie Brown and Franz Stigler: Kindness In the Clouds
Henri Dunant and the Red Cross
Ukrainian Refugees

Chapter Five: Kindness In the Face of Disaster
Titanic Kindness
The Great East Japan Earthquake 2011

Chapter Six: Kindness in the Face of Illness
A Touch of Kindness
Dispensing Kindness with Dr Peyo
Shirley Nolan: Signing up to Kindness

Chapter Seven: Kindness in Sport
The Olympic Spirit: Jesse Owens and Luz Long
A Victory for Kindness: Abel Mutai and Ivan Fernandez Anaya
The Sisterhood of Sportswomanship: Nikki Hamblin and Abbey D’Agostino

Chapter Eight: Kindness Towards Planet Earth
Anj Sharma
Afroz Shah
Ella and Caitlin McEwan: Battling the Burger Giants

Chapter Nine: Kindness Towards Animals
Save the Bear (Italy)
Alex and Kajazo: Fostering Kindness

Chapter Ten: Kind Customs
Omotenashi (Japan)
The World’s Most Generous Country
Caffè Sospeso
Iran’s Wall of Kindness
London’s Underground Kindness

Important Afterword: Be Kind to Yourself!

Teaching Kindness / Fill the World with Kindness Today

About the Author

Alexandra Stewart is a non-fiction author for children. She previously trained to be a journalist and has worked in PR. She is the author of Everest: The Story of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay and Jumbo: The Most Famous Elephant Who Ever Lived. Jake Alexander is an award-winning British illustrator. In 2019 he won both the Macmillan Prize and the Creative Conscience Gold Medal. He is the author and illustrator of We Want Our Books and illustrated David Olusoga’s Black and British: An Illustrated History.