Text copyright © 2018 by Alexandra Penfold. Jacket art and illustrations copyright © 2018 by Suzanne Kaufman. Images reproduced with permission of the publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books.

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All Are Welcome

All are welcome at this school where diversity is celebrated and songs, stories, talents, and traditions are shared.

Apply in the Classroom

Start the school year off right when you welcome students and families with books and reading fun! When you share All Are Welcome, you deliver the important message that school is the place where every child is welcome. Follow the example in this book and host a community-building, back-to-school event that opens opportunities for talking about diversity, how we can learn from each other, and how we can have fun together even if we are different. Include a reading aloud of All Are Welcome at a back-to-school potluck picnic along with:

  • students and parents making welcome banners to decorate your school
  • a photo booth with props that say “welcome” in all the major languages spoken in your community
  • an opportunity for families to sign up for a public library card.

Questions for Discussion or Reflective Writing

What does it mean to feel welcome?

What are some ways you can welcome students to your classroom, school, and community?

What is one thing you can do every day to be welcoming?

Have you ever felt like you weren’t included in something? How did that make you feel?

Tell about a time when you saw someone being welcoming to someone else.

Related Teaching Resources

Brightly Storytime video read aloud of All Are Welcome

Lee & Low: The Right Read Aloud for the Classroom Community You Want This Year

How to Create a Welcoming Classroom Environment for ELLs from Colorin Colorado

Creating Safe and Welcoming Schools For All Children & Families

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