This month we are sharing books on tolerance & kindness.Tricia Greene, KNOWDifferent’s community liaison, takes over the monthly column. If there are books you would like her to look into or topics you want covered, email her here and she will be on it!
It’s Okay To Be Different by Todd Parr
This book cleverly delivers the important messages of acceptance, understanding, and confidence in an accessible, child-friendly format featuring Todd Parr’s trademark bold, bright colors and silly scenes. Targeted to young children first beginning to read, this book will inspire kids to celebrate their individuality through acceptance of others and self-confidence.
The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig (Author), Patrice Barton (Illustrator)
The message of this book: A simple act of kindness can transform an invisible boy into a friend Meet Brian, the invisible boy. Nobody ever seems to notice him or think to include him in their group, game, or birthday party . . . until, that is, a new kid comes to class. When Justin, the new boy, arrives, Brian is the first to make him feel welcome. And when Brian and Justin team up to work on a class project together, Brian finds a way to shine.
The Brand New Kid by Katie Couric (Author), Marjorie Priceman (Illustrator)
Everyone remembers feeling excited and nervous each fall on the first day of school. It’s no different for Ellie McSnelly and Carrie O’Toole. But this year, there’s not only a new teacher to meet, but a brand new kid as well. Lazlo S. Gasky doesn’t look or speak quite like the other kids, and no one is sure what to make of him. In fact, they respond to his arrival at Brookhaven School by taunting and teasing him. But when Ellie realizes how tough it is for Lazlo, she reaches out, and after school one day they share an afternoon of soccer, strudel, and chess. Besides making a new friend, she and Lazlo teach their classmates an important lesson-one that isn’t in their schoolbooks-about accepting people who are different…and in getting to know Lazlo, the kids learn that people aren’t that different from each other after all.