A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Clearly models positive behavior and inclusion, and shows great diversity.
Celebrate differences and be an active, empathetic part of your community. Communicate inclusion.
Positive Role Models
The neighbors actively welcome new people and share what they love about their diverse community.
Colorful pages celebrate many different races, abilities, religions, careers, interests, and families.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Alexandra Penfold's All Are Neighbors is a warm, colorful, beautiful picture book with a great message about celebrating a richly diverse community. Neighbors walk through streets where everybody belongs, embracing others' unique qualities. The message of inclusion is repeated on every page, with eye-catching illustrations by Suzanne Kaufman showing smiling neighbors exploring the places they call home. The diversity is noticeable and lovely, and the word repetition is great for emerging readers to practice sight words and for adults to read aloud.
Is It Any Good?
This picture book is a wonderful example of how a simple, succinct message can have a powerful impact on readers and reinforce lessons for both children and adults. All Are Neighbors is beautifully illustrated with lots of happy, colorful faces, clothes, and buildings, and is full of reminders that communities are made up of many different kinds of jobs, families, needs, and gifts. The rhythm of the words makes this a great read-aloud book, and it's just right for new readers to dive into for themselves. From message to visuals to warm, inviting tone, this is a gem.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.