Big Umbrella

Big Umbrella

In the tradition of Alison McGhee’s Someday, beloved illustrator Amy June Bates makes her authorial debut alongside her eleven-year-old daughter with this timely and timeless picture book about acceptance.

By the door there is an umbrella. It is big. It is so big that when it starts to rain there is room for everyone underneath. It doesn’t matter if you are tall. Or plaid. Or hairy. It doesn’t matter how many legs you have.

Don’t worry that there won’t be enough room under the umbrella. Because there will always be room.

Lush illustrations and simple, lyrical text subtly address themes of inclusion and tolerance in this sweet story that accomplished illustrator Amy June Bates cowrote with her daughter, Juniper, while walking to school together in the rain.--from the publisher

40 pages       978-1534406582              Ages  4-8

Read alike: Always Room for One More (1965); Mushrooms in the Rain


By the front door a cheery, red umbrella waits to do its job.  When the rain falls, the umbrella is carried out and one by one a diverse assortment of living beings comes to take shelter.

"Some worry there won't be enough room under the big umbrella."  They are afraid to share.

The rain comes down.

Teaching our children the value of accepting others, accepting differences, kindness, generosity and perhaps most important of all, empathy is a big job these days.  This book offers us a doorway to conversation and discussion and for creating new eyes to see and bigger hearts to care.

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge,

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