A Counting Book of Kindnesses

By Hollis Kurman
Illustrated by Barroux

A highly original 1 to 10 counting book that celebrates diversity and encourages empathy in very young children

Exploring themes of migration, refuge and acceptance, it gently follows a family’s journey to a new home. Along the way, kindness, generosity and sharing are the order of the day!




Age 2+

Jul 1, 2020




Endorsed by Amnesty International


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"At a time when we need kindness more than ever, this gorgeous book reminds us that the smallest gesture can make a difference to someone."

Juno magazine


"A hopeful picture book about refugees and the kind gestures that give a journey to a new country a happy ending, told by counting to 10: '1 boat...2 hands lifting us to safety.'"

Nicolette Jones - Sunday Times


"A counting book with a difference...a warm celebration of generous welcomes and new beginnings."

Imogen Russell-Williams


Author and Illustrator

Barroux was born in Paris and grew up in North Africa. After studying at the Ecole Etienne and Ecole Boule he has worked in France, Canada and the USA and has an international reputation for his children's book illustrations

Hollis Kurman


Hollis is a poet and a children’s writer. Her début picture book, ’Hello! A Counting Book of Kindnesses’ was illustrated by Barroux and will be published in eight countries in 2020, with an endorsement by Amnesty International. In addition to her writing, she is member of the Supervisory Boards of Save the Children NL and the Fulbright Commission NL; founder of the Human Rights Watch NL Committee and member of HRW Women’s Rights Global Advisory Council; and Chairperson of the Ivy Circle Netherlands. She was born in New York and lives in Amsterdam.


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