cover image A Good Deed Can Grow

A Good Deed Can Grow

Jennifer Chambliss Bertman, illus. by Holly Hatam. Little, Brown/Ottaviano, $18.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-316-35113-3

Positivity pulses through the pages of this picture book about the effects of kind and thoughtful actions and the many ways one might spread good in the world. Noting how a kindness gradually emanates from its source, Chambliss Bertman’s simile-laden text likens a good deed to a seed, a ripple on the water, a sunbeam, and a smile: “A good deed/ can grow like a smile.// A smile that calms worries and nerves,/ warms hearts... //or welcomes you home.” Hatam’s bustling mixed-media scenes display an intersectionally diverse community in which a brigade of grinning young people do nice things: visiting a sick friend, reading at the senior center, cleaning up litter, and planting a community garden next to a gigantic gray factory belching waste. While the lines acknowledge that some problems can feel too big to solve, this read offers a sunny emotional reset to inspire do-gooders. Ages 4–8. (Feb.)