Join the call for a better world with this New York Times bestselling picture book about a school where diversity and inclusion are celebrated. The perfect back-to-school read for every kid, family and classroom!
In our classroom safe and sound.
Fears are lost and hope is found.
Discover a school where all young children have a place, have a space, and are loved and appreciated.
Readers will follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcomed with open arms. A school where students from all backgrounds learn from and celebrate each other's traditions. A school that shows the world as we will make it to be.
“An important book that celebrates diversity and inclusion in a beautiful, age-appropriate way.” – Trudy Ludwig, author of The Invisible Boy
Penfold (Eat, Sleep, Poop) and Kaufman (I Love Monkey) celebrate a school community as a great common ground where families of all kinds connect and share in their children's educational journey: "No matter how you start your day./ What you wear when you play./ Or if you come from far away./ All are welcome here." Every child is different readers get a brief glimpse of children's lives away from the classroom but everyone shares a love for story time, recess, creating green slime and volcanoes, and making friends. Though one of Penfold's rhymes ("We're part of a community/ Our strength is our diversity./ A shelter from adversity") sounds more like a protest cheer than a poem, she is a passionate advocate for e pluribus unum throughout the story; the book's refrain of "All are welcome here" feels both deeply reassuring and almost radical in our polarized time. Kaufman smoothly choreographs her large cast throughout numerous scenes including a school night potluck, as showcased in a spacious double gatefold and it's fun to follow one friendship in particular as it blossoms between two girls. The inside of the book jacket doubles as a poster featuring the entire cast. Ages 4 8. Author's