All Are Welcome meets Be Kind in this poignant and accessible picture book about the power every bystander—no matter how small—has to extend kindness and stand up in the face of intolerance.
At his new school, quiet Rumi feels small and unwelcome, and a few kids bully him for his brown skin and bright shoes. He finds refuge beneath the old willow tree by the playground and builds his own world of hope and dreams of belonging.
One day, when Rumi is made a target again, one of his classmates bravely steps in to defend him. It’s in that moment of solidarity Rumi’s class finally realizes that under the shade of the willow tree, all are welcome, and they create a space they can all play in—together.---from the publisher
40 pages 978-1534462960 Ages 5-9
Keywords: acceptance, accepting others, kindness, art, finding your voice, bullying, standing up for others, belonging, Social Emotional Learning, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old, 8 year old, 9 year old