Monday, November 16, 2020

YA nonfiction review: Channel Kindness: Stories of Kindness and Community by Born This Way Foundation Reporters and Lady Gaga

Title: Channel Kindness: Stories of Kindness and Community

Author: Born This Way Foundation Reporters and Lady Gaga

Year Published: 2020

Category: YA nonfiction
Pages: 304
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2020 Google Reading map)USA

FTC Disclosure: I bought this book with my own money

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): The quiet power of kindness can change the way we view one another, our communities, and even ourselves. She embodies this mission, and through her work, brings more kindness into our world every single day.

Lady Gaga has always believed in the importance of being yourself, being kind to yourself, and being kind to others, no matter who they are or where they come from. With that sentiment in mind, she and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, founded Born This Way Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making the world a kinder and braver place. Through the years, they've collected stories of kindness, bravery and resilience from young people all over the world, proving that kindness truly is the universal language. And now, we invite you to read these stories and follow along as each and every young author finds their voice just as Lady Gaga has found hers.

Within these pages, you’ll meet young changemakers who found their inner strength, who prevailed in the face of bullies, who started their own social movements, who decided to break through the mental health stigma and share how they felt, who created safe spaces for LGBTQ+ youth, and who have embraced kindness with every fiber of their being by helping others without the expectation of anything in return.

In one story, you’ll read about a young person with an autoimmune disease, who after being bullied at school, learned how to practice self-love and started an organization with the mission of educating others about the importance of self-love, too; and in another story, you’ll meet a young person who decided to start a movement to help eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health and encouraged others to talk about their feelings openly and honestly, a reminder that kindness and mental wellness go hand in hand.

Not only were we moved by these individual acts of kindness, but we were also touched by the many stories of organizations, neighborhoods, and entire communities that fully dedicated themselves to helping those in need and found new, innovative ways to make our world a kinder and braver place.

Individually and collectively, these stories prove that kindness not only saves lives but builds community. Kindness is inclusion, it is pride, it is empathy, it is compassion, it is self-respect and it is the guiding light to love. Kindness is always transformational, and its never-ending ripples result in even more kind acts that can change our lives, our communities, and our world.
 
Review: I don't have a lot to say about this book except that I think it would be a good one to add to high school library collections. It is a positive book with inspirational stories and in the middle of a pandemic, we could all use more happy stories. 

The young people in this book tell stories of kindness, contribution to community, and support of themselves and others. What's not to like?!

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