Random House is the publisher behind “Wonder,” a New York Times best-selling book by R.J. Palacio, and hit movie, and recent DVD release starring Julia Roberts. “Wonder” is about an “ordinary” boy named Auggie Pullman who was born with some very severe facial abnormalities. The story takes us through Auggie’s journey starting school with its difficulties and triumphs.
The book and movie have inspired millions of people with its message of hope and kindness. Random House has created online teacher resources themed with anti-bullying lessons to encourage students to #ChooseKind. So far, thousands of classrooms across the nation have been official certified as “Kind.”Continuing the movement, Random House has launched an easy online pledge for mindful individuals to #ChooseKind. The “Daily Wonder” app is available on iOS, and provides a precept for each day of the year celebrating goodness and strength.
Based on the second book of the “Wonder” series titled “365 Days of Wonder,” also by R.J. Palacio, the app has something to inspire everyone. Messages are drawn from popular songs, inscriptions from Egyptian tombstones, fortune cookies, and words of wisdom from such noteworthy people as Anne Frank, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, Mahatma Ghandi, and everyday kids. Fans can submit their own words of wisdom for potential inclusion into the app at this link: http://choosekind.tumblr.com/contact.
Inspirational “Wonder”-themed merchandise includes t-shirts, journals and stationery, jewelry, other accessories, and a really gorgeous line of school supplies. All products celebrate kindness, inner beauty and compassion. The things that really count in life!