The Kindness Kids Project ~ Back Story

I’m a big fan of back stories, so I thought maybe you would enjoy the back story of how “The Kindness Kids Project” came about.   

 The Kindness Kids Project – The Back Story

Welcome Grammy 2
Welcome to Lowellville Elementary, Grammy Pags!

Two years ago, I was invited to be the guest author at the Lowellville (Ohio) Elementary School.  I read several of my stories to the kids; they helped me perform a little rhyme-rap; I answered questions about being an author; and I had the kids complete a drawing / writing book-related activity for me.

I had a blast, but more than anything, I was literally

Grammy & Literacy Coach, Mrs. Davis
Silly Grammy Pags (L) with Maryann Davis, Reading Specialist, Lowellville Elementary School.

blown away by how kind the faculty and students were to me.  They embraced me, my silly characters, my crazy clothes and banana slippers (it was Pajama Day); and they treated me like royalty!

Banana slippers
Banana Slippers

Days after my school visit, I was still thinking about the outpouring of kindness I received.  Our world really needs a lot of kindness, now more than ever.  I was also reading the answers to the activity I gave the kids, and getting a kick out of their responses and artwork.

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The kids working on a Woozler project!

Did I tell you that I’m a HUGE fan of art by kids?

Then it struck me . . . what if I put together a project with art and thoughts by kids with kindness as the topic?  So The Kindness Kids Project started to sprout.

I sent entry information to others schools, my teacher friends, and posted the entry information on social media.

#1 - Maeli Kornbau - Hermitage, Age 5Maeli, a little 5-year-old from Pennsylvania, sent in the first entry.  She drew pictures of people donating canned goods to help feed the poor.  Her entry touched my heart! Yay, that was number one!

I contacted the Lowellville reading specialist, Maryann Davis, and she and the students enthusiastically jumped right into the project.  Other schools and kids followed.

The project took almost two years, but I received 318 entries from kids ages 5 – 17 from eight states.  In this 72-Justin - matching sockspage compilation, you will find both serious and laugh-out-loud entries, and the artwork is adorable.  (Did I tell you I LOVE kids’ artwork?) I had such fun working on this project and I have great faith in these wonderful, thoughtful Kindness Kids.

Earth - Kindness changes the worldIt’s so difficult to pick a favorite entry, but I think Conner, age 13 of Pennsylvania, summed up The Kindness Kids Project the best.  Conner says, “Kindness will change the world!” I think he’s right.

Love and Kindness from Rhonda Paglia ~ Grammy Pags


Kindness Kids Project - cover from AmazonPS – A minimum of $2.00 from the sale of each book will be donated to our local school backpack program.  We’re gonna spread the kindness even more!

The Kindness Kids Project  is available in soft cover and for Kindle.

72 pages ~ Full Color

Large Print ~ Book size: 8.5″ x 11″


How to order The Kindness Kids Project

Softcover from Amazon:

Full book for Kindle:

Sampler for Kindle:

To order signed copies of The Kindness Kids Project:

E-mail me at:

Subject Line:  Kindness Kids Book order

Please include:

  • Your e-mail address
  • Your shipping address
  • The number of books you would like to order
  • Who you would like the books signed to  
  • For a limited time, I’m offering a reduced price of $13.50 each + shipping (shipping is pro-rated for multiple copies) 
  • Sales tax will be added to Pennsylvania orders. (Sorry about that – I’m required to charge 6% PA tax.)
  • I will e-mail you when I have received your PayPal payment.
  • Books will be shipped within 5 days after payment. 
  • I will notify you of when your books should arrive.  
  • Payment is through Paypal  

Thank you so much!  Sincerely, Rhonda Paglia ~ aka ~ Grammy Pags