Disclosure: I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew.
If you have been reading this blog for very long, it is no secret that we love books and reading. My personal motto is “never too many books, only too few bookshelves.” So, when the opportunity came to review Everybody, Always for Kids by Bob Goff and Lindsey Goff Viducich I was happy to accept.
I was not familiar with the author but I was familiar with other books from Tommy Nelson Publishing and was excited to give this one a try. The book was recommended for ages 6-10 and I planned to use it with my seven year old son.
A New Book!
When the book arrived in the mail, I let my son open the package. He was immediately drawn to the bright colors of the cover art. The book has a very cheerful cover that entices the reader.
While he was most drawn to the cover, I could not help but notice the sturdiness of the hard cover book. It seemed well made, with thick glossy pages and even a ribbon attached as a bookmark.
Rather than being one long story, the book is a collection of forty different stories. The goal of the book is to help children understand that they should love “everybody, always”.
Each story is an example of how the author was able to show love to someone through his actions.
How We Used the Book
While, I planned to use this primarily with my seven year old, my three year old would most often come join us while I read. He loves to curl up in the recliner with me reading.
I did not really think that he would understand most of it, but welcomed him joining us for reading. However, he quite surprised me when he started talking about the stories.
In one of the earlier stories the author jokingly talks about swimming with sharks. After we finished that story, my three year old looked at me and said, “Mommy, we not swim with the sharks, they might eat us.”
I am quite sure that was not the point the author was trying to get across, it certainly proved to me that he was paying attention.
My seven year old loved the book and would ask me to read each night and try to get me to read two or three stories at a time, instead of the one that I promised.
I appreciated the opportunity to talk with him about showing love and kindness to others in a variety of ways.
In addition to the book, we were given a five day lesson plan set with questions and hands-on ideas to go along with five of the stories from the book. These lesson plans included fun hands-on activities as well as discussion questions. They are available as a free bonus download on the website.
Thoughts and Conclusions
Overall, we really enjoyed Everybody, Always for Kids and felt like it was a great way to start conversations about different ways that we can show love to those around us. While I think the target age of 6-10 is probably the ideal age for this book, I do think that younger children can get something from the book and that it could still be a great jumping off point for conversations with older children.
Be sure to click on the graphic below and see what the other Review Crew families thought and how they used this book in their homes!