All of Us by Kathryn Erskine, illustrated by Alexandra Boiger. Philomel Books, 2021. 9780593204696
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book? A beautifully illustrated story of community and diversity. The simple lyrical text shares a message of love and inclusivity. We can travel the world, be open to other cultures and ideas, and discover that we are more similar than different to others. We are not alone and when we celebrate others the world becomes a better place for all of us. “Different, the same. We All Belong.”
Anything you did not like about the book. No
To whom would you recommend this book? This is a wonderful read aloud for elementary classrooms to start a discussion on understanding our world. In addition, the illustrations provide an opportunity for exploring how they tell a story and connect to the text. I read the story a few times and with each reading I noticed something different.
Who should buy this book? Preschools, elementary schools, home and public libraries.
Where would you shelve it? Picture books
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Julie Durmis, L.G. Nourse Elementary School, Norton, Massachusetts
Date of review: August 22, 2021