A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Information about the natural spaces, human creations, and creatures on Earth.
Diversity is important and valued. Everyone has a place here and Earth is unique.
Positive Role Models
Lots of diverse family types, abilities, and races full of care and love for others.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Caldecott Medalist author Sophie Blackall's picture book If You Come to Earth is a warm, beautifully illustrated look at how humans could explain life on our planet to extraterrestrial visitors. Inspired by her work with children around the world, Blackall created an inclusive story that embraces the variety of life -- human and animal -- around us and an appreciation of everyone's unique abilities. The minimal text on each page is full of sight words for young readers, and the message and engaging illustrations make fore a great read-aloud book.
Is It Any Good?
The messages of kindness, inclusion, and care for the planet are strong in Caldecott Medalist Sophie Blackall's warm, colorful book. If You Come to Earth is a fun read-aloud with lots of opportunities to explore a young reader's own ideas about what is important and unique about the place they live and is sure to spark some interesting conversations. Emerging readers can work on sight words with lots of context from the colorful, engaging illustrations, and the idea of introducing our planet to an alien who knows nothing about it is just plain fun.
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.