I remember several years ago I visited Shirin Shamsi’s home. She read me a story of her heart…a story she wanted to tell…about the Partition and her mother’s experience.
Somehow, Shirin had found the exact perfect way to tell this story. I was connected from the very first moment…and I felt blessed for the opportunity to take a peek at what happened all those long years ago, from the eyes of a child.
Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends. I love featuring brand-new books – and when they are written by a kid-lit friend I’ve actually gotten to know in person, that’s the icing on the cake. I’m so thrilled to share this one with you!
Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends. Today’s featured book is very special for several reasons. It’s all about kindness, compassion, and inclusion. It about how friendship can blossom among people of different cultures and religions. And, it’s written by THREE AMAZING AUTHORS, Callie Metler Smith, Melissa Stoller, and Shirin Shamsi.
PLANTING FRIENDSHIP: PEACE, SALAAM, SHALOM
Written by Callie Metler Smith, Melissa Stoller, and Shirin Shamsi
Illustrated by: Kate Talbot
Published by Spork/Clear Fork (2021)
Themes: Friendship, inclusion, diversity
Synopsis: From Amazon: When they meet on the first day of school, three girls realize they are different from each other – Molly is Christian, Savera is Muslim, and Hannah is Jewish. Through a class planting project, the girls’ friendship blossoms, and they learn they are more alike than they thought. Written by three women authors from the same faith traditions as the girls in the story, this book brings more kindness and understanding into the world.
Why I Love This Book: 1. I love that three authors, each identifying with a different religion, got together, worked together, and wrote together to create this book about friendship, inclusion, and diversity. 2. The story is one that young kids can identify with – real-life and relevant situations that they will recognize. 3. The illustrations are engaging and help the young reader/listener keep pace with the story and look forward to turning the pages. And there is a lot to notice on each page!
I’ve already got my copy of PLANTING FRIENDSHIP, but if you are looking for where you can get yours, please check your local indie or bookshop.org: https://bookshop.org/a/14501/9781950169603 And remember, beautiful books need our help so that publishers will make more of them. Share the post on your social media platforms, tell friends about this book, and ask your local library to purchase copies for their collection!
I’m also going to be sharing this book for Multicultural Children’s Book Day on January 28th…check out the FREE resources for parents and teachers – and join in the Twitter party to win books on January 28:
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2022 (1/28/22) is in its 9th year! This non-profit children’s literacy initiative was founded by Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen; two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural books and authors on the market while also working to get those books into the hands of young readers and educators.
MCBD’s mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves. Read about our Mission & History HERE.
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