The Kindness Machine Cover Reveal!

Sep 03, 2021 by Christina Dankert
At Purple Butterfly Press, we can't WAIT for the launch of The Kindness Machine, by our newest author, Christine Dankert. Earlier this week, Christina revealed the cover of The Kindness Machine, and we think it is JUST genius. Take a look. 

Ta-dah! The Purple Butterfly Press team had lots of discussions with Christina, and her husband Chad, the illustrator, about keeping the Kindness Machine shrouded in mystery. 

The decision to keep the Kindness Machine under wraps makes so much sense when you know what the book is about. 


There's a mysterious new machine in Mr. Wilson's 2nd grade class. Instead of grownups telling children to "make good choices" and "be kind," this special machine shows the students exactly what they can do to bring kindness to their classroom and even to themselves! But what happens when it's time to leave school? Mr. Wilson lets his class in on a secret that they have their very own Kindness Machine inside them to spread kindness wherever they go!

Christina's cover reveal coincides with a fun contest for a chance to win a copy of the book. Children ages 4-15 are invited to submit drawings of what they think is under the sheet!  

More About The Kindness Machine, from Christina

As a mother I want my children to grow up knowing what kindness looks like and what it feels like. Parenting is one of the hardest, but often most rewarding jobs. Parenting isn’t easy and it doesn’t have to be perfect. Striving to not only talk about kindness, but show it through our actions and our words is so important. The Kindness Machine is extra special for me because my husband is the illustrator. He is showing our children through his illustrations the importance of being kind. This book is one more way to show kindness not only to our own children, but to my students as well.

As a teacher, I want my students to grow up being kind to each other and to themselves long after they have left the four walls of my classroom. I want kindness to not only occur in the classroom but in the hallways, cafeteria, playground, neighborhood and community. This book is one more reminder of how to be kind to others and ourselves and is meant for all students, not just the students who have been in or will be in my classroom. 

My favorite part of the book is the very last line. When I read the line to my children and other children during early drafts, the response to the last line is interactive and makes my heart very happy. My goal was to write a book that left the reader or listener feeling happy and empowered. I did not initially expect it to be interactive, but I am so happy that it is.


Meet the Author!

Christina Dankert is a second-grade teacher. She has a passion for literacy and believes that we can change the world by reading to the children in our lives. This is her debut picture book. She lives in Sylvania, Ohio, with her husband, Chad, and their two children. She has dreamed of collaborating with her husband to merge their two professions of educator and artist into one meaningful product. The Kindness Machine allowed that dream come true. Learn more about Christina at 

Meet the Illustrator! 

Chad Dankert is a creative director and storyteller. As a child, he grew up doodling on all of his papers in school. Similar to Mr. Wilson, he believes design, art, and creativity can help engage people and bring them together in meaningful ways, and that anyone can learn to be an artist through practice and patience. This is his debut picture book. 

Head over to Christina's Instagram account to enter the contest for a chance to win a copy of The Kindness Machine!