Do you struggle explaining inclusion to your kid?
Do you lay in bed at night wondering how to answer your kids questions about inclusion when they hit 'that age'? Is your kid starting to ask questions about why they are different? Are you worried about bullying? Don't you think the word 'normal' should be erased from our vocabulary? Are you struggling to answer all of these questions?
Sometimes words alone are not enough. We were introduced to this invaluable kids picture book 'No Such Thing As Normal', written by Megan DeJarnett. The book is not only beautifully illustrated, it includes so many different characters with diverse needs for your kid to get acquainted with. Most importantly, it teaches diversity, collaboration, inclusion and friendship.
Megan's mission is to help others ‘redefine purpose by removing defining labels'. This resonates with 100%, so we wanted to introduce you to Megan and her book so this story can help your kids, the same way that it has helped ours!
Megan says she wrote her book because “I needed help talking through topics of differences with my own children. I needed a resource. I didn’t have one. So I made one. That's the honest truth. My own children have questions. I believe questions are good but I was stumped on how to answer appropriately." Incorporating her own story into this book, makes it extra special. Check it out here: https://nosuchthing.co/
Megan has also kindly shared with us her favourite kids picture books on inclusivity:
- Gary's Gigantic Dream, The Able Fables Series: https://theablefables.com/
- Ivy The Very Determined Dog: https://www.ivysbook.com/
- My Brother Otto: https://www.amazon.com/My-Brother-Ott...
- Ben's Adventure Series (2): https://www.bens-adventures.com/
- Let's Go Play: https://www.etsy.com/listing/76838756...
- When Charley Met Emma: https://www.amazon.com/When-Charley-M...
- Hiya Moriah: https://www.victorianelsonbooks.com/
- Inclusion Alphabet: https://www.amazon.com/Inclusion-Alph...
- Why Is He Doing That?: http://www.whyishedoingthat.com/
Have a read and let us know which one resonated with you and your kid the most! We would love to hear your thoughts.