These newly published books encourage kids to be their own true selves. I’m giving away 6 of these picture books. Please fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom to enter.
What are you favorite Daring To Be Different books? Thanks for sharing!
Be Yourself Picture Books!
The Umbrella Queen by Shirin Yim Bridges, illustrated by Taeeun Yoo
Daring to paint from her heart, Noot makes her own tiny umbrellas so she can paint what she likes instead of the flowers and butterflies that are the standard for the umbrellas her village creates. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
Be Who You Are by Todd Parr
With bright happy colors, Todd Parr gives a loving message to young readers to embrace who they are. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
Bow-Wow-Meow by Blanca Lacasa, illustrated by Gomez
Fabio the dog doesn’t like doing what other dogs do. He’s much more of a cat person. And that’s perfectly ok with his human family. This can be used in the context for explaining non-binary gender to kids. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
Except When They Don’t by Laura Gehl, illustrated by Joshua Heinsz
Girl versus boy stereotypes are challenged in this empowering message that kids can be anything they want to be. Rhyming text is paired with illustrations that reverberate with energy. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
Sweety by Andrea Zuill
I really like the graphic novel + fiction picture book format that mixes dialog bubbles with a picture book narrative. Sweety is a naked mole rat who doesn’t fit in and we see this in her interactions with her peers. which are also hilarious — Sweety wanted hair like Deb which is a single strand because …naked mole rat! Her Aunt Ruth understands her and gives her the confidence to be herself. And that works out because she makes a friend who is quirky like her. [picture book, ages 3 and up]
Little Wolf’s First Howling by Laura McGee Kvasnosky and Kate Harvey McGee
Little Wolf’s dad tries to teach Little Wolf how to howl properly but his idea of howling is inspired by jazz. [picture book, ages 4 and up][
The Wolf Who Wanted to be an Artist by Orianne Lallemand, illustrated by Eléonore Thuillier
A wolf is trying to find himself creatively and tries out different performance arts before discovering his true talent. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
Jeni So Many by Teja Arboleda, illustrated by Zoe Piel
This is a story of Jeni, who has many different kinds of animal parts, in support of multiracial, multiethnic and multicultural families be they adopted or blended. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
Fuchsia Fierce by Christianne Jones, illustrated by Kelly Canby
Although her parents named her Fuchsia Fierce, she’s actually shy and timid and scared to try anything new. Her parents send her to Camp Confidence, and at first, she avoids the activities. On game night, after being bored by sitting out, Fuchsia decides to go for it. She learns that while she might not be the best at everything she tries, it’s awesome to try new things. This is a great picture book for being your best self. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
T. Veg: The Story of a Carrot-Crunching Dinosaur by Smriti Prasadam-Halls, illustrated by Katherina Manolessou
Reginald the T-Rex is mighty but he prefers a vegetarian diet. When the other dinosaurs make him feel that he doesn’t belong, he shows them that he isn’t weak but unique. [rhyming picture book, ages 4 and up]
Me, All Alone, at the End of the World by M. T. Anderson, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes
Being alone doesn’t necessarily mean loneliness for a boy living at the end of the world. When civilization arrives, his world changes, for the better. Use this book as an anthem for the self-reliant and, on another level, for protecting the environment. [advanced picture book, ages 6 and up]
Ping by Ani Castillo
Ping is a book to remind the reader that you can only be yourself. You can not control the reactions of others. It encourages readers to act with kindness and bravery and then the world will answer back. [picture book, ages 5 and up]
Free to Be Incredible Me by Joelle-Elizabeth Retener, illustrated by Connor DeHaan
This is a rhyming picture book to combat toxic masculinity. I like the message of the book but the rhyming cadence is off at times, which makes this hard to read aloud. The illustrations are an awkward blend of cartoonish and realistic. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
Be Yourself 6 Picture Book GIVEAWAY!
I’m giving away:
- Be Who You Are
- Little Wolf’s First Howling
- The Wolf Who Wanted to be an Artist
- Jeni So Many
- Fuchsia Fierce
- T. Veg: The Story of a Carrot-Crunching Dinosaur
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