Monday, October 16, 2017

NEW Kids Picture Books: Day 16

We're All Wonders by R.J. Palacio
March 2017. 32 pages.

From Amazon: "Over 6 million people have fallen in love with Wonder and have joined the movement to Choose Kind. Now younger readers can meet Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face, and his beloved dog, Daisy. Countless fans have asked R. J. Palacio to write a book for younger readers. With We’re All Wonders, she makes her picture-book debut as both author and artist, with a spare, powerful text and striking, richly imagined illustrations. Palacio shows readers what it’s like to live in Auggie’s world—a world in which he feels like any other kid, but he’s not always seen that way. We’re All Wonders may be Auggie’s story, but it taps into every child’s longing to belong, and to be seen for who they truly are. It’s the perfect way for families and educators to talk about empathy and kindness with young children."

My thoughts: I'll admit I've never read the original middle-grade book Wonder -- even though it came out while I was a youth librarian. I know the basic idea of the story, and the message seems to be beautifully portrayed in this picture book. With more and more bullying happening to kids, I'm realizing how important it is to teach my own kids about being kind to everyone, even those who seem to be different than us.

Recommended Age: 4-8 years, but the message is easily understood by younger kids

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