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  • Our Favorite Children's Books for Arab-American Heritage

    Our Favorite Children's Books for Arab-American Heritage

    April is Arab-American Heritage month and we wanted to amplify the message of these beautiful picture books written by Arab authors below: Halal Hotdogs by by Susannah Aziz is the story of Musa and his family. They enjoy a treat after...

  • Children's Books with Palestinan Representation

    Children's Books with Palestinan Representation

      Baba, What Does my Name Mean by Rifk Ebeid is the story of a Palestinian refugee who seeks answers about the meaning of her name from her beloved Baba. Homeland ; My Father Dreams of Palestine by Hannah Moushabeck is based...

  • 4 Recommended Reads for World Hijab Day

    4 Recommended Reads for World Hijab Day

    Tomorrow is World Hijab Day!  In honor of World Hijab Day, here are some of our favorite stories that have hijab representation written by Muslim authors:   Hanas Hundreds of Hijabs by Razeena Omar Gutta and Manal Mirza is the story of Hana who...

  • Our Favorite Children's Books for Transgender Representation

    Our Favorite Children's Books for Transgender Representation

    We wanted to share some of our favorite books with transgender characters and/or from transgender authors. People who are transgender are being stripped away from their rights in many states. Gender affirming care is life saving care. Along with reading...

  • First FREE Book Fair of the 2023/2024 school year

    First FREE Book Fair of the 2023/2024 school year

    All thanks to your purchases! Each time we host a book fair I like to share some highlights. So here are my ones for today:One girl came up to me explaining that her dad told her to pick a book...

  • Children's Books with Jewish Representation

    Children's Books with Jewish Representation

      Always an Olivia by Carolivia Herron is the story of a Black Jewish woman who passes along her Jewish family origin story to her granddaughter. Lilah Tov Goodnight by Ben Gundersheimer is a beautiful Hebrew lullaby that celebrates the...

  • 16 Children's Books for Hispanic Heritage Month

    16 Children's Books for Hispanic Heritage Month

    Hispanic Heritage Month is here and we want to showcase some of our favorite books to honor traditions and cultures to highlight the beauty in the community.     Only a Trenza Away by Nadine Fonseca is a brilliant celebration...

  • Our Favorite Back to School Books

    Our Favorite Back to School Books

    Back to School Season is upon us and here are some of our favorites to ensure you start the school year off right! Be intentional and inclusive in your class read alouds with these books: Fresh Juice by Robert Liu-Trujillo...

  • Our Favorite Books for Disability Pride

    Our Favorite Books for Disability Pride

    July is Disability Pride Month. It was started to celebrate disabilities as an identity and to bring awareness to why we need to continue to work toward making our world more inclusive and accessible for all people.  Below we are highlighting...

  • 5 Children's Books for Juneteenth

    5 Children's Books for Juneteenth

      Teaching children the history of Juneteenth is an important part of kids understanding our country’s history. The reality is, while many celebrate Independence Day, not ALL were free. Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 when federal troops showed up...

  • LGBTQ+ Book Recommendations

    LGBTQ+ Book Recommendations

    Over a year ago released our Pride collection in response to the Don’t Say Gay bill in Florida, which is now law. With each purchase we have donated an LGBTQ+ affirming book to a child and so far you’ve helped us donate over 10,000...

  • 10 Children's Books for Asian Heritage Month

    10 Children's Books for Asian Heritage Month

    May is Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month and we wanted to share our favorite picks:   Yes We Will: Asian Americans that Shaped this Country by Kelly Yang is an incredible resource that shares the triumphant stories of...

  • 5 Favorite Kid's Books for Earth Day

    5 Favorite Kid's Books for Earth Day

    Earth Day and beyond is a time to discuss with ourselves, our community, and our children the importance of taking care of the earth. Climate change is real and we can do something about it every day. Here are some...

  • 4 Children's Books for Celebrating Autism

    4 Children's Books for Celebrating Autism

    World Autism Day is April 2nd and we are here to share some information on what you can do today and every day to be in solidarity with the Autistic community. Some important information to note, is that historically speaking...

  • 4 Favorite Children's Books for Ramadan

    4 Favorite Children's Books for Ramadan

    Ramadan, in Islam is the ninth month ninth month of the Muslim calendar and the holy month of fasting. It is important for children to learn about various cultures and traditions when building an inclusive school or at home library. ...

  • 4 Books for World Down Syndrome Day

    4 Books for World Down Syndrome Day

    The 21st is World Down Syndrome Day and we are here to celebrate the beauty and uniqueness of people with Down Syndrome. Here are some of our favorite reads: Hannah’s Down Syndrome Super Powers by Lori Yarborough is the tale...

  • 11 Books for Women's History

    11 Books for Women's History

    When celebrating Women’s History Month, it is crucial that we are very intentionally intersectional in doing so. It is important to highlight the stories of all women.   Below are some, but clearly not ALL of our favorites to share...

  • 22 Books for Read Across America Week

    22 Books for Read Across America Week

    For Read Across America we should be focusing on books that make students feel seen, valued, and loved. We should focus on books that truly focus on America. When we know better, we do better. Here are some book recommendations to help...

  • Complete List of Book Donations & Recommendations

    Complete List of Book Donations & Recommendations

    We've FINALLY compiled a complete list of books we've donated through our Kind Cotton Reading Program thanks to purchases you've made. This list also serves as books that we recommend, as we've picked and chosen books over that years that truly...

  • Our Favorite Children's Books for MLK Day & Beyond...

    Our Favorite Children's Books for MLK Day & Beyond...

    Teaching children about MLK and advocacy is a crucial tool in creating socially conscious thinkers. We wanted to share with you a few of our favorites to read to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy. A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara...

  • Our Favorite Children's Books for the Holidays

    Our Favorite Children's Books for the Holidays

    The winter holidays came about so fast this year, that we almost forgot to put out a list of some of our favorite books! Our family celebrates Christmas; however, our personal shelves are filled with books of many different traditions....

  • World Kindness Day 2022 Posters!

    World Kindness Day 2022 Posters!

    Click on your favorite below to download & print! Please share on World Kindness Day 2022, Sunday November 13th while wearing your Kind Cotton! Don't forget to use #RedefineKindness and tag us @kindcotton Kindness is Love Poster Kindness is Justice Poster...

  • Our Favorite Children's Books on Voting

    Our Favorite Children's Books on Voting

    Voting is more important now than ever and we are here to help showcase some books that will empower the little ones in your life to use their voice. Equality’s Call: The Story of Voting Rights in America by Deborah...

  • Our Favorite Children's Books From Indigenous Authors

    Our Favorite Children's Books From Indigenous Authors

    Tomorrow is Indigenous Peoples Day and we wanted to share some of our favorite picture books written by Indigenous authors as well as some organizations you can support year round! Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story written by Kevin Noble Maillard...

  • Our Favorite Books that Celebrate Disability Pride

    Our Favorite Books that Celebrate Disability Pride

    July is disability pride month. It was started to celebrate disabilities as an identity and to bring awareness to why we need to continue to work toward making our world more inclusive and accessible for all people. We wanted to...

  • What Pro-life Should Mean

    What Pro-life Should Mean

    Basic human rights are under attack, and we cannot stand idly and watch it happen. I also often think about the term “pro-life” and what it means. If someone is so very vested in the notion that women should have...

  • Love Yourself

    Love Yourself

    I would be lying if I said the past two years weren’t difficult emotionally. And when I say difficult, I mean walking up to the front of your class ready to give your first presentation ever to a room full...

  • World Kindness Day

    World Kindness Day

    With World Kindness Day approaching, we have been reflecting more than ever about what true kindness means. This should be easy for us right; I mean we have built an entire company on the very notion of redefining kindness. However,...

  • Birthday

    Every year, on my birthday, I take the time to look back on on the previous year. As I sit in this moment and reflect upon the events of the past 12 months, I am going tell you the many...

  • We were featured on the 'Crowdfunding Cast'! | Kind Cotton

    We were featured on the 'Crowdfunding Cast'!

    We were featured this week on the Crowdfunding Cast from Nadeau Media - a crowdfunding podcast made to highlight current campaigns on Indiegogo. Check it out!

  • Help us & Help Houston | Kind Cotton

    Help us & Help Houston

    Help us help those in need! It's more than just children's books. Kind Cotton will be supporting the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. For every donation to our campaign from now through Thursday night, we'll be giving 50% to those affected...

  • We've started an Indiegogo campaign! What is Indiegogo anyway? | Kind Cotton

    We've started an Indiegogo campaign! What is Indiegogo anyway?

    So as most of you know, we've started a campaign on Indiegogo to raise money to get our idea of Kind Cotton off the ground. What many of you may not know is how Indiegogo works.  Crowdfunding: What is it?...

  • 4 Simple Back-to-School Tips for Parents | Kind Cotton

    4 Simple Back-to-School Tips for Parents

    It’s back to school time here in Florida and I can’t begin to count how many times I’ve seen memes that read “tag you’re it”, with pictures of parents looking as if they haven’t slept or showered in about a...

  • Find Your Inspiration | Kind Cotton

    Find Your Inspiration

    If you were to tell me 25 years ago, that I would be starting a women’s clothing line, I would have probably laughed uncontrollably and then would’ve went on about a 30-minute rant as to how I’d be the first...

  • So Many Things are Possible... | Kind Cotton

    So Many Things are Possible...

    Driving away from my childhood home this past week, for what could possibly have been the last time ever, left a whole in my heart and a pit in my stomach. Their vintage coo coo clock rang out one final...

  • Free Spirit or Creature of Habit - Which one are you? | Kind Cotton

    Free Spirit or Creature of Habit - Which one are you?

    One of the things I love most about our company, Kind Cotton, is the sentimental attachment that each shirt brings to an individual person. Today, there are two that speak to me, “Not all who wander are lost” (made famous...

  • Do Better

    Do Better

    My mom’s best friend who I referred to as my Uncle growing up died of AIDS when I was 20. Although he passed 15 years ago, I can still remember the end as clearly as I can last night’s episode...

  • 6 Children's Book for Back to School

    6 Children's Book for Back to School

    Each year I would return to the classroom I would often find myself reading the same books. Titles that you’ll often find many resources for that appear to be the perfect back to school stories, such as First Day Jitters...

  • Our First Free Library with BLM Manasota

    Our First Free Library with BLM Manasota

    I haven’t watched a child read a book in person in 18 months aside from my daughter. A year and a half of no collective giggles during a read aloud. No gasps at the climax of one of our favorite...

  • Stand with our Teachers | Kind Cotton

    Stand with our Teachers

    Last night I attended a peaceful protest in Sarasota County, speaking out for teachers to receive fair wages. It was an empowering night for all in attendance. In order to make sense of why we decided to stand there in that...

  • Make a Difference this Holiday Season | Kind Cotton

    Make a Difference this Holiday Season

    This is the first Christmas in 24 years that I will not lay on my parent’s couch, with my family dog curled up behind my legs, watching Ralphie shoot his eye out, and eating Chinese food while reminiscing about wonderful...

  • 8 Christmas Gift Ideas that Make a Difference | Kind Cotton

    8 Christmas Gift Ideas that Make a Difference

    They say Christmas is a time for giving. Why not make it a time for giving back? Here are some awesome companies that give back with each purchase this holiday season.   1. Cuddle & Kind Dolls These hand-knit dolls are ethically...

  • BE KIND: World Kindness Day | Kind Cotton

    BE KIND: World Kindness Day

    Kindness, a simple act, yet something so powerful it can change the course of someone’s day, week, or possibly even their life. With today being National Kindness Day, what better time to share a small act of kindness my mother...

  • You Don't Spell Love, You Feel It | Kind Cotton

    You Don't Spell Love, You Feel It

    I’ve been waiting to blog about the last quote in our collection, for a very important reason. “You don’t spell love, you feel it”, takes on many different meanings for me. Naturally, being a teacher, my mind automatically thinks that...

  • Kind Cotton Announces First Partner | Kind Cotton

    Kind Cotton Announces First Partner

     

  • Find Your 'Why' | Kind Cotton

    Find Your 'Why'

    I can remember the exact moment as a child that I felt as though I had to live up to the unattainable beauty standards placed on us as women in this country. It was in second grade and I had...

  • Why I'm Voting | Kind Cotton

    Why I'm Voting

    Last weekend, my husband and I joined a solidarity march to the polls. As I held my Andrew Gillum sign high in the air and chanted "Our voice matters!" alongside various community members who refuse to succumb to the hatred...

  • My Hometown: Ellenville, NY | Kind Cotton

    My Hometown: Ellenville, NY

    I grew up in upstate New York. Since leaving, many people I encounter assume that Ellenville is like any small town, which is accurate to an extent, yet, there is also a uniqueness about my hometown. A feeling that I’ve...

  • Be Human. | Kind Cotton

    Be Human.

    Upon arriving home from a trip my husband and I took to Italy, I immediately planned a night out with my mom to catch up. We hadn't seen one another in almost a month, which is pretty much an eternity for...