For effective use, this book should be purchased alongside the professional guidebook. Both books can be purchased together as a set, Negotiating the World of Friendships and Relationships: A ‘Cool to be Kind’ Storybook and Practical Resource 
This illustrated storybook introduces Coco, Otto, Ollie and Ling as they negotiate the sometimes tricky world of friendships and relationships, observing the unkindness of some and using their superpower – kindness – to change the lives of others. Explore with them what it means to be unkind, why that choice is sometimes made and how usually there is another choice – to be kind.
This storybook will:
- Help facilitate discussions with children about values, morals and empathy
- Support children to see that kindness can be a cool choice to make
- Help you to introduce children to the notion that kindness and unkindness are choices
This storybook is available to purchase as part of a two-component set, Negotiating the World of Friendships and Relationships: A ‘Cool to be Kind’ Storybook and Practical Resource. It can be used by teachers and support staff to teach and promote kindness to children at primary age and beyond.
Liz Bates is an independent education consultant. She supports both primary and secondary schools in all aspects of Emotional Health and Wellbeing, including whole school approaches, training staff and delivering talks to parents. Liz is a Protective Behaviours Trainer, a Wellbeing Award Advisor for Optimus and a Schools Engagement Trainer for The Anna Freud Centre.
"An utterly charming and accessible resource for teachers and young students to grasp the importance of being kind."
Bruce Hood, Chair of Developmental Psychology in Society, University of Bristol, UK.
"It has a clear aim of enabling children to work their way through the often confusing and mind-blowing world of friendships and relationships in an age where acceptance and belonging is most important to them. It enables our children to incorporate new information and ideas about friendships and relationships into their existing thought patterns and experiences. With ongoing, daily support from staff, they are able to adapt their thoughts and thus responses, into their daily experiences… Cool to be Kind will be used not only as an intervention but also alongside our PSHE curriculum whole class as needed. As a resource, it upskills staff delivering it and enlightens their perception of what they thought might be happening. By opening dialogue and discussion between child and adult, you can see an increased understanding and empathy through a child’s lens. The aim to create the best version of themselves is only strengthened."
Janet Raju, Deputy Headteacher, UK