A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows a variety of cultures, families, and abilities through food, clothing, and play.
Everyone belongs in the community, regardless of background, family, ability, or interest.
Positive Role Models
Teachers, parents, and kids are warm and welcoming, and the illustrations are noticeably diverse.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Alexandra Penfold's beautifully warm, inclusive picture book All Are Welcome is a stunning example of diversity in storytelling with a simple and powerful message: You belong here. Set in a school, the inclusive message transcends the classroom by showing the students' families, the variety of foods they bring for lunch, what they wear, and how they get to school. Suzanne Kaufman's illustrations are cheerful and vibrant, capturing the kids' delight at being together and solidifying the message that each person matters.
Is It Any Good?
Diversity and inclusion are shown as beautifully, happily normal here, with simple, repeated words of inclusion and colorful, engaging illustrations. All Are Welcome shows kids encouraged to be who they are, and celebrates their differences. One of the most stunning displays of inclusion is the illustration of the playground, where kids wear hijabs, yarmulkes, shorts and baseball hat, skirts, and pants. Their hair is in pigtails, a patka (a cloth head covering worn especially by Sikh boys), long and short, and the Black hair is natural. There are children running around, a child in a wheelchair, blind and sighted kids laughing together, a group playing ball, and one kid happily reads a book by himself under a tree. Through other details, like the food at the lunch tables and the different kinds of families, the message that everyone is welcome and accepted as they are is warm and powerful here.
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