The Kindness Kangaroo Project
I wish I could put into words what the Kindness Kangaroo Project has given me. But no words can truly describe the look of pride on the students’ faces when they are recognized and applauded for their work. No description could allow you to feel the excitement they feel when you put a book they helped make into their hands.
When a child thanks you for listening, when a child hugs you as you leave and when a child shares that they hope to grow up to be a writer like you, the emotions that are felt are indescribable.
I began this project because I noticed the difference that one small act of kindness made in a man’s day. And now that one act has spread into a project that shares love, acceptance, inclusion and kindness with children, teachers, parents and me.
As the books are read this ripple of kindness will spread to homes, to communities and throughout the world. It is illuminating to see what a difference can be made. It is rewarding to know I was a small part in making this difference and it is important that I keep sharing the ideas and illustrations of these children through my books.
The Kindness Journey
It is not about the books, it is about the journey.
Although the series of 26 books will be quite an accomplishment for me, I am gaining so much more throughout the journey of the project. The children I meet all have amazing ideas to share and the stories they inspire have already touched so many. The proudness these children carry when showing off their drawings in the printed books is a reward like no other. Sharing the spotlight with the students of these classes is something I didn’t even have to think about. Building confidence and self-esteem in children as well as recognizing their talents and encouraging their creativity is a joy for me to experience.
I hope that, with the help of sponsors for the books, I can get the books into the hands of children all over Ontario, through schools and libraries, and encourage children to draw, to write, to be creative. I want children to be able to relate to the book characters, to see themselves in the situations and know it is ok to feel that way but that maybe there are different options on how to react with these feelings.
By providing characters with abilities of all types I hope the books will help children see how similar everyone really is. A child who struggles in school (Determined Dog has dyslexia) or struggles in their mind (Anxious Alligator) has feelings just like anyone else and can also make great friends.
It is a journey of love for me, a passion project that is creating a legacy to be proud of and filling her heart to capacity.