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Be The Change - Be Kind

Written by Marcus Sedgwick

Illustrated by Thomas Taylor

Key Stage 2 Activity and Puzzle books

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An interactive, warm-hearted, user-friendly handbook about kindness and how it can make a difference to the world

The ever-inventive, multi-award-winning Marcus Sedgwick here turns his hand to a thought-provoking, comprehensive guide to kindness.


With a rousing “rise up and make a difference to the world” spirit underpinning every page, the author explains how this book was borne from personal experience: “this book you now hold in your hands is the book I wish I had had when I was young. That’s because I found the other kids around me at school, and even the teachers sometimes, to often be very cynical and unkind, even cruel.”


After setting out what kindness is, and asking readers to consider how kind they are, Sedgwick presents are series of “what if…?” scenarios to encourage empathic thinking and self-analysis in a marvellously relatable way. The same goes for the digging into philosophy, and the concepts of values, ethics, utilitarianism, altruism, and egoism.


Alongside the engaging presentation of such big concepts, this book is also eminently practical, with suggestions for how (and why) we can all be kinder, and space for readers to note down their thoughts and intentions, whether that’s being kinder to others, or kinder to oneself. It also offers valuable tips on how to react when people are unkind to you, making it an empowering toolkit for readers at home and in a classroom context.


See also Be the Change – Be Calm in the same series.

Joanne Owen

Be The Change - Be Kind Synopsis

An interactive activity title for 9-12-year-olds on the power of kindness.

You can choose to make the world a better place. The power is within you!

Every one of us experiences the world differently - we have different worries and problems, and we all have unique hopes and dreams - but there's one thing that can unite us and make the world a better place, and that's kindness!

Kindness is cool! No, really! Kindness can create positive change in all our lives. Whether it's being a friend to someone who seems lonely, or simply smiling or giving somebody a thumbs up. When we support each other, we can be our best selves. Be the Change: Be Kind is your handbook on how to use your own voice to empower yourself and others to spread kindness.

Award-winning children's author Marcus Sedgwick tells the story of kindness - where it comes from, what it feels like and perhaps most importantly why it matters - and asks YOU what you would do in different everyday scenarios. Are you ready to make a difference?

Book Information

ISBN: 9781800074118
Publication date: 11th August 2022
Author: Marcus Sedgwick
Illustrator: Thomas Taylor
Publisher: Summersdale Publishers an imprint of Octopus Publishing Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 144 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: Body / Health, Puzzles / Activities, Self-Awareness / Self-Esteem

About Marcus Sedgwick

One of the World Book Day 2015 Authors  Marcus was our Guest Editor in July 2010. Click here to see all his selections. Marcus began to write seriously in 1994, and his first book, Floodland, was published by Orion in 2000, and won the Branford-Boase award for best debut children's novel. Witch Hill followed in 2001, and was nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award. The Kiss of Death was published in paperback in April 2009, and picked up a thread from his highly acclaimed My Swordhand is Singing (winner of the 2007 Booktrust Teenage Book Award). In between came what Marcus calls “my big ...

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