4. Kindness

classroom themesThe book “Wonder” focuses on the life of Auggie, who is 10 years old and has had several plastic surgeries to help him overcome developmental problems. Through chapters written from his point of view and the perspectives of others who are around him, readers form their own picture of his appearance from his own description of his feelings and reactions of other people whom he encounters each day. “Wonder” author R.J. Palacio promotes the Choose Kind campaign to help kids (and—let’s be honest—some adults) overcome bullying tendencies by cultivating compassion. Include “Wonder” in your classroom for reading time or a class book club. Decorate the room with quotes about kindness from the book and other sources.