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!
To learn more about these three amazing authors and the talented illustrator, check out a wonderful interview on Ellen Leventhal’s blog.
Check out this website for tons of craft activities and other projects to promote friendship, kindness, and compassion: https://www.kidssoup.com/activity/friendship-crafts-activities-games-and-printables
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!
For more wonderful picture book recommendations and resources for kids, please check out Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book Friday post.
I hope you all have a safe and wonderful weekend. Please stop by tomorrow for Will Write for Cookies and a Q&A with Maxine Schur and Milanka Reardon.