Strictly No Elephants
Author: Lisa Mantchev
Illustrator: Taeeun Yoo
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Inclusion is such an important topic for kids to grasp. This book does a wonderful job on this, without being overly saccharine. We start with a boy who feels alone. And it is hard for any child to feel different and/or left out:
I love how the book repeats the refrain of “that’s what friends do” throughout – so kids can see several examples of kindness in action.
And they find out that they’re not truly alone – because even when you feel different, someone else probably shares that difference.
We end with the kids forming their own group – one *anyone* can join. Isn’t that the best?
A fantastic book for kids who might be encountering/noticing differences and exclusions or bullying for the first time.