Billy Be Kind

Making A New Friend

Children - Grade K-3rd
32 Pages
Reviewed on 02/25/2022
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Author Biography

Kim Adams is a wife, mother of three, and the author of the Billy Be Kind children's series. She fell in love with the art of storytelling at a very young age and has been inspired to help kids simplify some of life’s important lessons as well as strengthen social skills through her short, rhyming stories. She has always taught her children to lead with kindness and hopes to spread her message to every little boy and girl.

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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite

Billy Be Kind: Making A New Friend, written by Kim Adams and illustrated by Ayesha W, is a children's picture book that revolves around a young girl and a mouse. The mouse is the titular character and is actually named Billy Be Kind. Lucy-Lou is a painfully shy little girl who happily plays at the playground with Billy Be Kind but is otherwise alone, even when there are plenty of other children at the playground to play with. Billy Be Kind encourages Lucy-Lou to be as proactive as he was when they first met and to make the first move to approach a young boy at the park who is also playing alone.

As a parent to a child who suffered from debilitating shyness, Billy Be Kind: Making A New Friend is exactly the type of kid-lit I would have loved while working with her through intense social anxiety. The issue is simplified within the story but that is exactly as expected in picture books for this age group. There is no ground-breaking revelation and the small step in the right direction comes in the form of a single word: “Hi.” This is authentic, real, and helpful. It validates a child's fear and does not overwhelm in offering the first stage of a solution. The illustrations are vibrant and engaging in a primary palette. The children depicted come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and abilities. I am so grateful to writer Kim Adams and artist Ayesha W for this practical little gem and am certain other adult readers will feel the same.


love this book and the entire series.

Nadia B

This was the perfect book for my grandson. The author did a great job understanding what age group she is writing for. Short enough to keep his attention and easy enough for him to retain. Excellent series for preschoolers to kindergarteners.

Sharon Joseph

I just read this book with my very shy and her response was, “that’s easy!” The next day we went to the library and she said, “hi!” to another little girl. It was magical. Giving a child a simple step that they can achieve independently is quite genius. Well done! Kim Adam.