All Are Welcome

All Are Welcome


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New York Times bestseller!

A warm, welcoming picture book that celebrates diversity and gives encouragement and support to all kids.

Follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcomed with open arms. A school where kids in patkas, hijabs, and yarmulkes play side-by-side with friends in baseball caps. A school where students grow and learn from each other's traditions and the whole community gathers to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

All Are Welcome lets young children know that no matter what, they have a place, they have a space, they are welcome in their school.

"Penfold and Kaufman have outdone themselves in delivering a vital message in today's political climate."—Kirkus, Starred review

"A lively, timely picture book."—Booklist

“This is a must-read for pre-school and elementary classrooms everywhere. An important book that celebrates diversity and inclusion in a beautiful, age-appropriate way.” – Trudy Ludwig, author of The Invisible Boy and Quiet Please, Owen McPhee!

"A great read-aloud selection to start the year and revisit time and again." —School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525579649
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 07/10/2018
Pages: 44
Sales rank: 525
Product dimensions: 10.10(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Alexandra Penfold is the author of Eat, Sleep, Poop (Knopf, 2016) and the forthcoming picture books The Littlest Viking (Knopf) and Everybody's Going to the Food Truck Fest (FSG). She is also a literary agent at Upstart Crow, where one of her clients is Suzanne Kaufman! Learn more about Alex on Twitter at @agentpenfold.

Suzanne Kaufman is an author, illustrator, and animator. Over the years she's done everything from animating special effects for Universal Television and the Discovery Channel to animating award-winning video games for children. She's the illustrator of a number of books for children including Samanthasaurus Rex by B. B. Mandell, the forthcoming Naughty Claudine by Patrick Jennings, 100 Bugs by Kate Narita and her own book, Confiscated! among others. Learn more about Suzanne online at or on Twitter at @lilmonkeydraws.

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ReadWriteSparkleCoffee More than 1 year ago
Yesterday, I visited our local Barnes & Noble to purchase a few books for my future classroom. I immediately headed toward the picture books and grabbed, All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold. This book has been on most lists of books to read over the last month and as soon as I had the opportunity to look through the pages, I knew exactly why. The vibrant illustrations and the beautiful message of belonging was clear from front to back cover. The inside of the cover is a poster that can be hung up in your classroom too! Later, I read the book aloud to my family. I had to hold back the tears. I knew that this book needed to be shared with everyone of my students on the first day of school. Every year, I need to establish from the very beginning that each individual child is welcome in my classroom. No matter what skin color you have, no matter what clothes you wear, no matter what higher power you believe in, no matter how much or how little money your family has, no matter what gender you are, no matter what _____________________ ... You are welcome, I am glad that you are here, and I look forward to learning with you this year. From my readings, I have learned that this book was a response of an illustrator with an image and a writer with a message who were joined together through social media after the breaking news of the Trump administration's travel ban. Over the last few years, such news releases of: travel bans, building walls, hate marches, division speeches have affected us all. These words find us at a loss of reaction or have created an action; for good or for bad. Stories from the classroom, show us that our students are also hearing these messages of both love and hate. My response is to provide an inclusive classroom by providing opportunities of mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors through books we read and the activities we complete. "We need diverse books because we need books in which children can see reflections of themselves – but also look through and see other worlds." Reading Rockets I believe all children are valued in this picture book and they will be able to see themselves represented within the story. Through rhyming phrases and repetition the message is repeated in a variety of ways in order for the students to take hold of its personal meaning. For this, the book is a mirror; a reflection of who we are as individuals. I also believe all children are valued in this picture book and they will see that diversity is represented within the story. The words and the images expressed on the page allows the student to understand the importance of acceptance of all in this classroom. For this, the book is a window; a look into our classroom and our community. In addition, for those children who see their reflection in the people around them, they are shown the unknown. For this, the book is a sliding glass door for students to become aware of the country and world that surrounds them, that they have not yet experienced. I read this book as a part of my #BookaDay Reading Challenge, inspired by Donalyn Miller. My goal is to read at least one children's literature book every weekday and share my thoughts here on my blog. Please feel free to subscribe or connect with me on social media to follow my journey through the books I read. Until next time ...
McMarshall More than 1 year ago
This beautiful book couldn't have been published at a better time! It shows America's potential. A country based on acceptance and unity, instead of walls and derision. To accompany Alexandra Penfold's thought-provoking text and comforting refrain "All are welcome here," Suzanne Kaufman drew upon her friends, community, and the people she admired to create a picture book featuring kids from diverse racial (including biracial), physical abilities (wheelchair, blind, and glasses), gender, religion, and family dynamics.  The text and illustrations show the differences but focus on the similarities. The book culminates in an inspiring double gatefold of the school's potluck and the statement, "You Are Welcome." I hope you enjoy it and help get it into every library and school in the country.