This is the perfect book for back to school. It can set a beautiful tone of letting all children know that they are welcome, that they are accepted, that they are safe, that they are wanted and that they have value in your classroom. It could also work to allay children’s fears heading in to a new environment, assuming of course that the environment is as fabulous as the one presented in the book.
The large, hardback 44 page book with a poster and large pullout concluding page, is fantastic for ages preschool and up, but would have value as part of any grades back to school message.
While the rhyming couplets are sweet and sincere, the real beauty of the book are the illustrations. Bringing all that diversity to life in smiling kids faces, children with hijabs, and yarmulkes, patkas, baseball caps, glasses, curly hair, straight hair, every color of the rainbow, various physical abilities, all show what a day of inclusion can look like. No one culture or background is articulated or placed higher than another and the coming together of the kids and then their parents and community is inspiring.
I love that their is a little muhajaba on the the cover and included in the cultural acceptance of the book. It shows her praying in one picture and then joining in and smiling with the rest of the diverse group of characters in the other pictures. Feeling included and accepted whether in a classroom, or in a children’s book, feels good, at any age, alhumdulillah.
A special shout-out to all the educators and people in positions of power who go the extra mile to create a safe and accepting space, thank you.