Interview with Michelle Schaub, Author of Kindness is a Kite String

Kindness is a Kite String…The Uplifting Power of Empathy

“Kindness is an open door to welcome others through” Michelle Schaub, Kindness is a Kite String

Kindness is a Kite String…The Uplifting Power of Empathy written by Michelle Schaub and illustrated by Claire LaForte is a beautiful book to help teach children about the power of kindness.

This poetic book published by Cardinal Rule Press is full of literacy and language opportunities. Kindness is a Kite String can help teach children about the power of being kind to others on a daily basis. Sometimes we discuss kindness being this grand gesture but it can be as simple as holding the door open for someone or giving a friend a hug. Kindness can also be about taking care of our earth and living creatures.

When reading this book to your child, stop and pause on each page. Discuss the various actions in the book such as showing forgiveness and helping a friend. Take it a step further and discuss why that particular action is kind. In the back of the book is a short guide for parents and teachers about similes and metaphors, which are immersed into the book. I love this book because it can serve as a valuable reminder of the simple act of kindness. With the hecticness of each day and the stress of the pandemic, it can be often difficult to be mindful and reflect on how we can be kind to others. It’s such an important gesture and helps build empathy, which we all need! 

Are you a teacher? Check out this Free Readers Guide here.

Kindness is a Kite String: The Uplifting Power of Empathy

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About Michelle Schaub

Michelle Schaub is an award-winning children’s author and language arts teacher. Her book Fresh-Picked Poetry: A Day at the Farmers’ Market won the 2018 Growing Good Kids Award and 2019 Northern Lights Book Award. She is also the author of Finding Treasure: A Collection of Collections, a National Council of Teachers of English notable poetry book for 2020, and Dream Big, Little Scientists. Her poems appear in several anthologies, including A World Full of Poems, Hop To It: Poems to Get You Moving, and Great Morning! Poems for School Leaders to Read Aloud.  Michelle speaks at conferences on the power of poetry to boost literacy and shares ways to use poetry in the classroom on her blog, POETRY BOOST. She lives in Colorado with her husband, three children, and a lazy golden retriever named Bear. When she’s not writing and teaching, you’ll find Michelle visiting her local farmer’s markets or cruising around on her bicycle.


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