No matter how sad we are, it’s important to reassure children that, as Mr. Rogers said, no matter what happens, there will always be helpers. One of the ways we can help kids is to continue reading stories with them…stories that entertain, while passing along an important message. And that’s why I’m really excited to welcome another brand-new book to the world that does just that.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! HAPPY BIRTHDAY NO PARTY POOPERS! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!
NO PARTY POOPERS!
Written by Gretchen McLellan
Illustrated by Lucy Semple
Published by Little Bee Books
Synopsis: From Amazon:
Two bears decide to throw a big party in their neighborhood, but they’re having trouble making the guest list. One bear wants to invite all the neighbors, but his friend thinks it’s a bad idea. He’s worried that they’ll ruin the party–the rhinos will pop the balloons, the goats will chew up the party hats, the crows will hoard all the shiny prizes–in other words, they’ll be party poopers! Can his friend convince him to change his mind in time for the party?
I think there couldn’t be a better time for a book like this. We need stories about INCLUSION, DIVERSITY, and FRIENDSHIP. We need stories about embracing other cultures, races, religions, and creeds. We need: NO PARTY POOPERS!
And here are a few words from the author:
“It is difficult to launch a book during these tumultuous times, but I am glad to add my small voice to the important conversations we are having in our culture today. No Party Poopers’ message is about examining one’s stereotypes, confronting fears about the other and opening oneself to the joys of diversity and inclusivity. I feel good about the message that is going into the world right now. The book is a good entry point for discussions about racism and xenophobia. A small contribution to the canon of books that entertain, engage and educate. We do what we can. “
And guess what? Author Gretchen has some fantastic crafts for everyone!
To connect with Gretchen and to find writing activities, a reader’s theatre, games, and more, you can visit her website: gretchenmclellan.com.
Please remember that these days, with most bookstores and libraries still shuttered, our authors and illustrators need us more than ever before…to buy their books, review their books, tell friends about their books, and ask libraries to purchase their books.
Please stay safe and well, dear friends.