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How 'Choose Kind' Got Started

“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

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 jvandall@penguinrandomhouse.com for requests. And click on the links below to get ideas and inspiration from what others have already done with Wonder in their communities.

Some past communities that have taken part

For Booksellers

Certify your store kind!  

Email certifiedkind@penguinrandomhouse.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 certifiedkind@penguinrandomhouse.com and your store will become officially CertifiedKind and we'll add you to our map.

Looking for other ways to Choose Kind?

'Choose Kind' News

How One Unkind Moment Gave Way To 'Wonder'

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.

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Tweet what makes you smile this Valentine's Day and help a child in need

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.

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'Wonder' Author R.J. Palacio Talks Her New E-Books, "Choose Kind," And The Novel's Massive Success

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.

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Choose Kind Chicago Day Includes 'Wonder' Author R.J. Palacio

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."

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