Much of the Western world celebrates—even idealizes—individualism. However, if there is one thing that the events of 2020 made abundantly clear, it’s that we are all strongest when we work together with others and see ourselves not as separate but as part of a greater whole. These two lovely picture books celebrate the power of togetherness, inclusivity, and open arms—a particularly important message for our young readers today.
Together, these two simple, elegant, eloquent picture books have an important message to offer young readers about the value of standing together with others.
What to Expect: Inclusivity, Friendship, Positivity, Activism.
The Big Umbrella is a simple story with a simple message: there is always room under the big, friendly umbrella. Illustrating this metaphor with the bold, bright red of the umbrella against a gentle, washed-out watercolor background, The Big Umbrella reminds us that no matter what our fears might be, there is merit in letting people in, no matter how different they may seem.
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Written and illustrated by Britta Teekentrup, We Are Together uses simple rhyming language and wide, expansive illustrations to show how togetherness creates strength, resilience, comfort, and pleasure for those who practice it. With extra hands, hard work becomes easier, and with many friends, difficulties transform into challenges. Clever cut-outs in the pages and cover allow the reader to see the number of people working together grow and grow and grow until the pages are filled with a happy, diverse, joyful crowd of children.
The book list 2 Inspiring Kids Books About The Power of Little was curated by Dr. Jen Harrison. Follow along with our articles and reviews tagged with Books with Activism, Inclusion, and Social Justice.