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.

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