A Story of Kindness and Paying it Forward: Same Kind of Different As Me for Kids


"We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone."

What a great statement, and one that I personally love, since there's a whole lot of truth in it. Many of us want to be helpers to someone, our family, friends, and even those we don't know. While it may not be possible to help every single person out there, helping even one person can still make a world of difference.

We've recently been reading a fantastic story, Same Kind of Different As Me for Kids that is full of important life lessons. This book is actually a children's version of the New York Times bestseller Same Kind of Different As Me that has sold over a million copies around the world. To be honest, I never really heard of the story until recently learning about the upcoming film release based off of the book. After reading the children's version with my son, I was taken back with how inspirational the story really is–so much that I honestly can't wait to pick up the original book to give it a read.

Help your children see the value in every life. Children will discover that everyone is important and that even if they can’t help everybody, they can certainly help somebody through the transformational story of Same Kind of Different As Me for Kids. This remarkable story shows what can happen when we choose to help. Kids will discover that we can all make a difference—no matter how big or small we are and no matter how big or small the task.

Denver Moore was an artist, public speaker, and volunteer for homeless causes. In 2006, as evidence of the complete turn around of his life, the citizens of Fort Worth honored him as "Philanthropist of the Year" for his work with homeless people at the Union Gospel Mission. He served as a volunteer at the Fort Worth Union Gospel Mission until his death in March 2012. 

Ron Hall is an international art dealer whose long list of regular clients includes many celebrity personalities. An MBA graduate of Texas Christian University, he divides his time between Dallas, New York, and his Brazos River ranch near Fort Worth.

Based off of a true story, this book follows a boy named Denver during the Great Depression. Him and his family work on a plantation in Louisiana. Denver begins to see that his way of life is different than those who are more privileged, including his inability to obtain an education like the rest of the kids. When he gets older, he decides to escape to the big city. Sadly, the city can be cruel and in Denver's situation it was. He was homeless and didn't know how to read or write, so obtaining a job was out of the question. People throughout the city would avoid him, perhaps out of fear of him being different than them. One day that all changes, when he cries out to God for help. The Lord answers his prayers and he soon befriends a married couple, Debbie and Ron Hall. New doors begin to open for him and he even learns how to read and write. Denver eventually decides to take all that he's been through in his life and turn it into something positive. He wants to pass on that same act of kindness that Mr. and Mrs. Hall showed him, and give to others who are like him.

Image Credit: Denver Moore and Ron Hall

Same Kind of Different As Me for Kids teaches children many different lessons such as humility, kindness, tolerance, acceptance, faith, friendship, and the list can go on and on. There is a bit of length to the text, but I was able to read this to my preschooler and he attentively sat and listened. I always say that my son knows a good story when he hears one. The water color illustrations were also done by both Denver Moore and Ron Hall and show the timeline of events of Denver's life. It really is a beautiful story that will touch your heart and one that demonstrates an amazing act of selflessness, as well as the ability to pay it forward.

Be sure to also check out the original book release of Same Kind of Different As Me, as well as the feature film, releasing this fall: