All Are Welcome - A book review
I was invited to participate in a book review/blog tour for All Are Welcome, a children's book written by Alexandra Penfold and illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman. I was so excited to hear this book was being released this month (7/10/18) as it is such timely subject matter.
Available on Amazon.
As I read through All Are Welcome the first time, I could automatically picture reading this repeatedly to a preschool or kindergarten class during their first weeks of school. I can visualize the teacher reading the rhyming sing-song verses... and the children all saying the line at the end of each page. "All are welcome here." I can imagine how the teacher could beautifully work this book into her lesson plan about friendship, or cultural diversity, or community. In the world we find ourselves living in right now, it's such an important message. All are welcome. Differences are welcome. Learning about one another is welcome. Friends come in every color of the rainbow... from every type of family.
Children will truly love the rhythmic phrasing throughout the book, and the repetitive "chorus". The illustrations are so colorful an you can just feel a happiness and you read and look at all of the children. The book has really captured every type of family and every color/culture/nationality in the images children. I absolutely love the poster that is on the inside of the removable cover, and could see it being a really fabulous addition to classrooms.
Living in Madison, NJ we are truly blessed by our community... but we aren't the most diverse of places. I've often wondered the best way to teach our children about diversity when they just don't see to much of it on a daily basis. I believe that including children's picture books like All Are Welcome in the school classrooms and your home libraries is definitely a little bit of a start.
About All Are Welcome:
Follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcomed with open arms. A school where kids in patkas, hijabs, and yarmulkes play side by side with friends in baseball caps. A school where students grow and learn from each other’s traditions and the whole community gathers to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Inspired by Suzanne Kaufman’s viral poster, Kaufman and Alexandra Penfold have created a welcoming picture book that celebrates diversity and gives encouragement and support to all kids.
About the Author:
Alexandra Penfold is the author of Eat, Sleep, Poop and The Littlest Viking. She lives with her husband and three children in Brooklyn, where she is a literary agent at Upstart Crow. Learn more about Alex at alexpenfoldbooks.com or on Twitter
About the Illustrator:
Suzanne Kaufman is an author, illustrator, and animator. Over the years she's done everything from animating special effects for Universal Television and the Discovery Channel to animating award-winning video games for children. She's the illustrator of a number of books for children, including Samanthasaurus Rex by B.B. Mandell, Naughty Claudine's Christmas by Patrick Jennings, 100 Bugs! by Kate Narita, and her own book, Confiscated!, among others. Learn more about Suzanne online at suzannekaufman.com.