The You Kind of Kind (Hardcover)
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Queerty Award Nominee for “Best Read”
Welcome to a magical adventure to discover kindness in the world—especially the kind inside you.
In this heartfelt and joyous story, little Nina embarks on a boisterous day of exploration, a colorful day where she sets out to find, well, Kind. With a backpack full of her favorite things, Nina guides readers through the neighborhood to identify kindness in the wild. Along the way she shines a light on the importance of loving yourself as well as others, revealing that sharing your unique form of kindness—the you kind of Kind—is the most wonderful gift of all.
Readers of any age will have a WUZZFASTIC time reading this linguistically luscious book out loud and will delight in its empowering message of kindness, community, love, and inclusion.
About the Author
Nina West is the stage name of Andrew Levitt, an American drag queen, activist, singer-songwriter, and proud founder of the Nina West Foundation, which supports charities across the country. For two decades, she's brought her one-of-a kind mix of fabulousness and playfulness to audiences around the world. She hosts Storytime with Nina, an online book reading series for kids. Andrew lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his two pups Edgar and Felicity.
Hayden Evans is an illustrator and designer with a flair for depicting "movie scenes, Halloweens, drag queens, and everything in-betweens!" The You Kind of Kind marks his debut as a picture book illustrator. Originally from Rexburg, Idaho, he now resides in Southern California.
A 2023 Queerty Award Nominee
"Well, to quote some lines in a song I wrote, I always say: ‘Whatever you are, be that. Whatever you do, do that. Anything else is just an act. Whoever you are, be that, be that. Whatever you are, be that.’ Nina West’s The You Kind of Kind teaches the same lesson—just be yourself!"
– Dolly Parton
"A charming message about the power of kindness through text packed with bolded and capitalized made-up words that beg to be read aloud. Evans’s colorful illustrations brim with manic energy. It’s this very lively and engaging presentation that keeps the book from becoming preachy. A timely message delivered with verve."
– Kirkus Reviews