Here are some of the books that inspired us as we developed The Everybody Club.
(Click on the covers to see these books on Bookshop.org.)
I Walk with Vanessa: A Story about a Simple Act of Kindness
(Kerascoët is the joint pen name of the French illustrators, comics and animation artists Marie Pommepuy and Sébastien Cosset.)
Schwartz & Wade, 2018
From Amazon: "Inspired by real events, I Walk with Vanessa explores the feelings of helplessness and anger that arise in the wake of seeing a classmate treated badly, and shows how a single act of kindness can lead to an entire community joining in to help."
Linda and I LOVED this book. It doesn't have any words, but it speaks volumes. (It also inspired us to include lots and lots of characters!)
See I Walk with Vanessa on YouTube.
by Jess Hong
Creston Books, 2017
A celebration of diversity – in all its shapes and sizes! Big, small, curly, straight, loud, quiet, smooth, wrinkly – we are all LOVELY! Colorful, bold illustrations and simple text. This is a great book to build classroom community! ― Reading Power Gear
See Lovely on YouTube
by Elizabeth Lilly
Roaring Brook Press, 2018
This story about a new girl in town, who happens to be a giraffe, is very satisfying. The illustrations are quirky and fun, and the text is spot-on.
See Geraldine on YouTube
by Tom Percival
When Norman unexpectedly grows a pair of wings, he learns to decide for himself what is "normal." A charming book!
Perfectly Norman book trailer on YouTube
Love the World
by Todd Parr
Little, Brown and Company, 2017
From Amazon: Touching upon themes including self-esteem, environmentalism, and respect for others, Todd uses his signature silly and accessible style to encourage readers to show love for themselves and all the people, places, and things they encounter.
Todd Parr talks about Love the World on YouTube
Who We Are! All About Being the Same and Being Different
by Robie H. Harris
illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott
From School Library Journal—Presenting several diverse families enjoying the various attractions at an amusement park, Harris explores the numerous ways that people are alike and different.
Although this book seemed a bit wordy to me, I liked how it explored some of the reasons people are different.
Here are other books we consulted that are more specifically about bullying.