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“If you have a choice between being right and being kind, choose kind."
-Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
This quote by Dr. Dyer, introduced as a precept by Mr. Browne, on the first day of school in Wonder, set the tone for the rest of the year at Beecher Prep. It also set the tone for Wonder, a book that, on the outside is about a boy with a craniofacial difference but in its heart and soul, is about kindness. The theme of kindnessand tolerance are waht made Wonder resonate with so many people around the world.
Since it’s publication, Wonder has been embraced by teachers and students, incorporated into curriculum plans, and selected for countless school-wide and community reads across the country. It is a perfect book to read aloud or read alone, and a vehicle for discussions about kindness, bullying, responsibility, overcominh challenges, and friendship.
Community Reads are programs that attempt to get everyone in a city, state, community, or school to read and discuss the same book. Wonder has already been chosen by many communities throughout the country for this unique program, either at a schoolwide, citywide, and even a state-wide level. Staged readings, contests, shows, and all kinds of creative outlets have been created in support of these Wonder events. Random House and R.J. Palacio are happy to work with local bookstores to help promote any communities that wish to stage similar events. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for requests. And click on the links below to get ideas and inspiration from what others have already done with Wonder in their communities.
Certify your store kind!
Email email@example.com to request a kit.
Includes a CertifiedKind permanent shelf talker, kindness chains, buttons for staff and tote bag. Kindness Jar to set up a CertifiedKind display in your store.
Customers can help by giving the gift of Wonder to someone they know or adding to your kindness chain in store. Consider having a CertifiedKind jar in store and adding a pom-pom or marble each time a book is sold or a kind deed is done.
Don’t forget to post photos to social media using #ChooseKind.
Email a photo of your display to firstname.lastname@example.org and your store will become officially CertifiedKind and we'll add you to our map.
Contributor: Charlie Beswick
The Mighty, Jan 8, 2018
I have recently read, “Wonder” by R.J.Palacio for the second time and I still said “Wow” at the end. I’m not going to give you a book review, you have Amazon for that, but I will say that if you have never read it, regardless of the genre you usually enjoy, you probably won’t be disappointed. You see, at the core of the book is a message of kindness, and to be honest, even though the story might not be your “thing,” if kindness isn’t, then there really is some work to be done on you my friend. Everyone I know who has read the book raves about it. It seems to touch them in a beautiful way, but it touched me on a whole different level.
By Don Ratzlaff
Hillsboro Free Press, Jan 2, 2018
That’s the power of “Wonder,” a national phenomenon that is challenging the world to encourage others rather than tear them down.
Now, it’s being embraced at Hillsboro Middle High School as a student grass-roots movement with a simple challenge: “Choose Kind.”
By Christy Wheelland
Wagoner Country American Tribune, Dec 20, 2017
Christmas came a little early for children at the Community Action Resource and Development (C.A.R.D.) Head Start center last week as they were gifted with age appropriate reading material by freshmen students at Coweta’s Intermediate High School.
By Alessia Santoro
Popsugar December 3, 2017
Eleven-year-old Jacob Tremblay is a literal onscreen wonder in the film version of R.J. Palacio's New York Times bestseller, Wonder, but as it turns out, he's pretty spectacular off screen as well. In a recent interview with Jacob, the young actor told POPSUGAR how he got into his role as Auggie Pullman, a boy with facial differences who starts going to mainstream school in fifth grade after being homeschooled, why he's so excited to spread the film's message to "Choose Kind," and his best tip for dealing with bullies.
By Jason Duaine Hahn
People, November 20, 2017 03:38 PM
The new movie, Wonder, starring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson, follows a young boy named August Pullman who was born with facial differences (author R.J. Palacio has said his condition is based on the genetic disorder Treacher Collins). The film is shining a spotlight on the hardships people endure when they have a condition that disfigures their appearance.
By MJ Franklin
Mashable, November 27, 2017
The first thing you'll notice about author R.J. Palacio is her incredible optimism.
Even while talking about school bullying, the author refuses to believe that children are inherently mean.
“I feel like kids really do want to do good, they want to be their best selves, and sometimes they don’t know how to do that. There’s never a kid who’s irredeemable,” she says.
By Kristina Valdez
Baylor Lariat, November 27, 2017
I know the baby blue cover of R. J. Palacio’s novel “Wonder” by heart; the book has sat in my brother’s room since he bought it from a school book fair in 2012. When the movie was released on Nov. 17, it wasn’t long before we were sitting in the theater with a bowl of popcorn.
By Josh Mandell
Charlottesville Tomorrow, November 20, 2017 at 9:30 p.m
Albemarle County middle school students are flooding local movie theaters this week to see a new film about bullying, and how it can be prevented.
By Tiffany Stoiber, Now News Group
jsonline.com, November 20, 2017
GREENDALE - When presented with the option, Greendale students are choosing "kind."
By Steve Hoffman
Journal Republican, Nov 07, 2017
“It changed my life because it gave me a hero to look up to,” said Dankelson of the book authored by R.J. Palacio. “The best thing about ‘Wonder’ being popular is it has brought positive attention to those with facial differences.
By Jennifer Kantor
New Jersey Family, November 1, 2017
How to nurture respect and compassion during divisive political times.
Times Online, October 31, 2017
Heidi Scalf's fourth-grade students at Centennial School in Streator have been reading and discussing the book "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio. The school received a grant for 12 copies of the book from the Children's Craniofacial Association, as well as a discounted rate on buying others.
Oct 30, 2017
The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) is hosting a special screening event for the major motion picture Wonder on November 19 at Southpoint AMC Theater in Durham. The festivities will begin at 2:30 p.m. with refreshments, followed by a brief program and feature film screening.
By All Things Considered
NPR, September 12, 2013
In Wonder, R.J. Palacio tells the story of Auggie, a tough, sweet, 10-year-old boy, who was born with distorted facial features — a "craniofacial difference" caused by an anomaly in his DNA.
By Aliza Weinberger
Mashable, February, 2016
It may be cold outside this Valentine's Day, but Operation Smile and Random House Children's Books want to see what warms your heart.
By Rachel Simon
Bustle, May 12, 2015
It couldn't have been a more fitting title. More than three years after the release of Wonder, R.J. Palacio's game-changing smash of a debut, the novel has proved to be one of children's books biggest success stories.
By Howard Ludwig
DNA Info, June 18, 2015
BEVERLY — Mary Cate Lynch, of Beverly, has visited with students throughout the Chicago-area and asked them to "Choose Kind."