How Can We Be Kind?

Wisdom from the Animal Kingdom

NEW July 5, 2022

By Janet Halfmann

Illustrated by Darla Okada

Frances Lincoln Children's Books/Quarto

Ages 3-7, NonFiction Picture Book: hardcover, 

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The Story

This special book asks children a simple question: How Can We Be Kind? The answer is: by learning from the animals. Animals show kindness and empathy toward each other, and care and compassion can be seen throughout the natural world.


This book shows children the ways they can be kind just like animals, while at the same time learning about the magic and the beauty of the natural world. Like animals, children can be welcoming like capybaras, who let other animals sit on top of them. Or like elephants they can wait for those that aren't as fast, or like zebras they can stick up for their friends.


This sweet and thoughtful book is both a celebration of the animal world and an invitation for being kind in everyday life. Back matter has facts about how each animal lives with and looks after its fellow creatures.

My Inspiration

I was inspired to write this story to add positive ways to look at the world. Since nature can be so calming and restoring, I spotlighted the positive ways animals react to one another as examples for all of us to follow.   

Educational Connections

empathy, compassion, caring, kindness, animal interactions, capybaras, European badgers, jackdaws, ants and bees, African elephants, prairie dogs, orangutans, blue manakins, white pelicans, emus, zebras, banded mongooses, dolphins, chimpanzees

A "Meet the Animals" section at the back of the book has facts about how each animal lives with and looks after its fellow creatures.