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It’s Monday! Small Texts That Send Big Messages #IMWAYR #BuildYourStack

All Are Welcome, Alexandra Penfold and Susanne Kaufman

This poem in picture book format is about diversity and inclusion and can help you launch conversations about classroom community.   We love the ending,  

All are welcome here.

You have a place here.

You have space here.

Don’t forget to “undress the book,” as Mr. Schu says, to see how the inside cover differs from the book jacket.  The illustrations are gorgeous and show the power of the diversity in our world.  If you teach K or 1, don’t miss this one!

Lovely, Jess Hong

The text may be simple, but the message is profound. Lovely celebrates the loveliness in all people in a way that our youngest readers can understand.  Jess Hong will get readers thinking and talking about the lovely in all of us.  This book is one we will read aloud in K-1 classrooms and then add to the “Books to Read with a Partner or Book Club” basket.  Lovely is a book for students to savor, to see themselves reflected in, and to think about how the pictures add layers of meaning to the written text.

Beautiful, Stacy McAnulty and Joanne Lew-Vriethoff

This book is great to explore with students in a small group so they can closely read the illustrations. The integration of the text and illustrations make this book worth reading and rereading. This book will spark conversations and encourage readers to embrace who they are and believe in the power of their uniqueness. You will want multiple copies of Beautiful.  It is a book to be shared — perfect for book clubs and partner reading. 

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    Lisa Maucione
    Posted at 11:38h, 14 January Reply

    Lovely sounds lovely. What a great message!

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    Rose Cappelli
    Posted at 15:02h, 14 January Reply

    Great choices! I’m not familiar with Lovely but it will be in my next stack!

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    Posted at 16:09h, 14 January Reply

    I loved Beautiful! I couldn’t believe it when i found a copy in mint condition at a local rummage sale for maybe .50. It’s on my home display rack. Lovely looks wonderful, too. I’ve missed this title, so hope to find it locally!

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    Elisabeth Ellington
    Posted at 17:40h, 14 January Reply

    Thanks for sharing Beautiful! I haven’t seen it yet and know I need to get a copy.

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    Aaron Cleaveley
    Posted at 18:16h, 14 January Reply

    Lots of great books for young readers, with powerful messages. Thanks for the post!

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    Linda Baie
    Posted at 22:47h, 14 January Reply

    I’ve loved each one of these, but All Are Welcome pleased me so much. Every classroom should have it. Thanks!

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    Posted at 23:21h, 14 January Reply

    I would add “I Walk With Vanessa” to that stack! Great books 🙂

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