All of Us -- New Multicultural Picture Book That Helps Remind Us We Are All the Same


Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I love sharing multicultural children's books with you. Every January I get excited for Multicultural Children's Book Day. Today I get to share with you a beautiful new multicultural book. When I first read it, I couldn't wait to share it. It is fabulous and simple. The book is All of Us by Gökçe Irten. It is recommended for ages 4 to 8.

From the Publisher:

While we may look different or come from different places, we are all part of a community, and we all have things in common! All of Us is a distinctive and vibrant picture book, perfect for kids learning about diversity, open-mindedness, self-acceptance, and respect for others.

Journey through a diverse and beautiful world, meeting people of all ages and races in all sorts of spaces. From museums and classrooms to the circus and beyond, All of Us is designed with quirky collage-style illustrations that highlight shared spaces in our communities. In these spaces, young readers will encounter all kinds of characters, and through these characters they will learn that we all have things in common. We have shared emotions, like love, hope, fear, and joy. We share experiences, like eating meals, playing music together, or caring for pets.

Each upbeat and colorful page is packed with reminders that even when we seem different—and even when we’re sometimes far apart—we are all part of a community, and we all benefit when we look at the world around us with open minds and hearts.

About the Author:

Gökçe Irten has illustrated more than 20 children’s books. She lives in Istanbul, Turkey.

From Me:

Ok, as I said in the introduction, I am so excited to share this book with you. I have been waiting for it to be released to share it. I love it!! In this book the words are simple. The pages barely have many words. It goes through things that are similar in everyone--we all dream, wait our turn sometimes, we long for things, have worries, feel proud when we succeed, etc. It goes through emotions like annoyed and envy and it goes through actions like dance, paint, and more. It even talks about being creative and thinking and has Albert Einstein in it.

The pictures are collages as well as illustration. Their own simpleness adds to the appeal of the book for young kids. Yet they are colorful and full of fun. I love the diversity throughout the book as well. 

The variety in this book will have something for everyone and it will speak to everyone. I absolutely love this book and hope you will check it out. It is a book that should be in every lower elementary classroom and read to all children. Afterall there are differences in all of us but the truth is we all have many similarities!