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All Are Welcome

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  2,623 ratings  ·  540 reviews
A warm, welcoming picture book that celebrates diversity and gives encouragement and support to all kids.

Follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcomed with open arms. A school where kids in patkas, hijabs, and yamulkes play side-by-side with friends in baseball caps. A school where students grow and learn from each other's traditions
Library Binding, 44 pages
Published July 10th 2018 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Whether you've lived in the same community your entire life or it's brand new for you, today is a different day. Today is the start of something filled with potential and unexpected twists and turns. Today is about being your best self and helping others to be the same.

As individuals open the doors of their school and walk down the hallways, they need to know everyone is accepted and appreciated regardless of physical characteristics, ethnicity, or religion. All Are Welcome (Alfred A. Knopf, an
Dorothia Rohner
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reading ALL ARE WELCOME felt like getting a big hug. Kindness and inclusiveness trump hate. I love this book. The art and text sing! Children will enjoy all of the detailed illustrations that bring the story to life. An uplifting book for anyone who needs a spark of hope.
La Coccinelle
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Wow... Now that is a diverse children's book. Although, I guess if it wasn't, it would kind of defeat the whole purpose (and the title wouldn't make much sense)!

This simple rhyming picture book illustrates our differences and our similarities in a cute, accessible way. There are plenty of cultures represented, along with varied sexual orientations, family units, and disabilities. On the surface, it's a book about a school, but it goes deeper than that, too, with friendships that happen outside t
Sarah Krajewski
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The perfect book for the first day of school. All children need to know they are welcome in their classrooms. ❤️
Jillian Heise
In rhythmic phrases, emphasizes the inclusiveness, acceptance, and celebration of all cultures in a school community. Perfect for a first day of school read aloud!
Melissa Eddington
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
A wonderful picture book that repeats the statement, “All Are Welcome Here”. A great message for all to hear especially for our president.
Michele Knott
I hope this book ends up in all classrooms and libraries.
Alex  Baugh
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: school
It's the first day of school and the endpapers of this lovely book show a large group of wonderfully diverse kids and their parents/caregivers walking to a school with a big "All Are Welcome" banner across the entrance. Inside, kids spend their day getting to know each other and learning about their different cultural backgrounds through music, art, and stories. Even their lunches reflect their heritage and who they are. School here becomes what school should be everywhere: "We're part of a comm ...more
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
All Are Welcome, written by Alexandra Penfold and illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman, is a book about a school that celebrates diversity. The message of the story is that everybody is welcome, no matter what their differences. A school day is depicted showing activities such as art class and music class. The illustrations show diverse cultures, family structures, and religions. Readers can have fun looking over the pictures to see the many families represented.
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Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Alexandra Penfold's picture book, All Are Welcome, readers follow a diverse group of school children as they learn, eat, and play side-by-side in a world where all are welcome.

All Are Welcome is such a charming and timely celebration of diversity and inclusivity! Through sweet, fun rhymes Penfold creates a heartwarming and positive atmosphere and message of love, respect, and kindness. From the clothes the young characters wear to the things they eat, traditions they follow, religions they p
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Heartwarming. This book really represents every child and I’m so glad all types of children can see themselves in this book. I love the rhythm and the short sentences as they make the book flow so well.
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: story-time, it-rhymes
This was clearly published in Canada.
Shauna Yusko
For making your school welcoming and inclusive to all. First day read aloud by a principal? Classroom posters that coincide would be great.
Dee Dee G
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The title says it all. ❤️
Chris Hays
Feb 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a great book for schools. If I were still teaching in the classroom, this would be one of my read aloud books at the beginning of the year. There is nothing exception about the plot and the message is straight forward. The art is what helps to make this a should have for classrooms and libraries. Suzanne Kaufman has done an excellent job illustrating a multicultural message.
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-books, fun
I loved this rhyming book. It would be a great way to start a class , by welcoming everyone.
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
A lovely rhyming picture book with beautiful illustrations and a kind message.
First sentence: Pencils sharpened in their case. Bells are ringing, let's make haste. School's beginning, dreams to chase. All are welcome here. No matter how you start your day. What you wear when you play. Or if you come from far away. All are welcome here. In our classroom safe and sound. Fears are lost and hope is found. Raise your hand, we'll go around. All are welcome here.

Premise/plot: All are welcome at school. This picture book is written in verse. The first half seems to focus more on
Aug 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Charming book, written in verse, is a wonderful read aloud to a primary class during the opening week of school. I hope students get the opportunity to really look at the illustrations. There is great diversity represented! I love the picture of the family meal event!
Beth Honeycutt
Aug 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This would be a nice book to start the school year. It made me a little sad to see the children with a “normal” day at school - no social distancing or face masks - while knowing that our start to school will look much different this year.
Bertha Montaño
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is very colorful and shows a community of a school that is diverse in so many ways. This book depicts the concept of multiculturism and diversity in a very attractive way. It shows a school community where everyone brings their individuality, culture, language, religion, talent, and uniqueness. The book shows how they work together and learn from each other. The pictures show that they are not only coexisting together, but they are also embracing each other.
This book can provide a mirr
Ro Menendez
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This idea of All Are Welcome, truly being accepted and appreciated for who you are, is always necessary, but never as much as right now. All Are Welcome will help school communities to set the tone of learning from each other, of having safe living spaces in school & the community, not only for children but for adults as well! Within the pages of All Are Welcome we, adults and children, can see a place where diversity of every kind is accepted, valued and celebrated, and be inspired to strive to ...more
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All Are Welcome By Alexandra Penfold, is a book about inclusion and diversity and follows children through a day of school where they are all accepted. The whole school celebrates and learns from each other's different backgrounds. This book is a New York Times Bestseller. This is a high quality book because of the beautiful way it shows how children can be accepted which is why I recommend this book. This book is for all kinds of students, from different races or religions. I would say its more ...more
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book for refugee and immigrant kids as well as their classmates. It welcomes kids to school and tells them they belong.
Ms. B
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, picture, 2019
Not everyone will like this book, but I did. No matter what your skin color or religion are, whether I agree with your points of view or not, all should feel welcomed in a classroom or school.
Maria Marshall
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-picture
This beautiful book couldn't have been published at a better time! It shows America's potential. A country based on acceptance and unity, instead of walls and derision.
To accompany Alexandra Penfold's thought-provoking text and comforting refrain "All are welcome here," Suzanne Kaufman drew upon her friends, community, and the people she admired to create a picture book featuring kids from diverse racial (including biracial), physical abilities (wheelchair, blind, and glasses), gender, religion,
Many families are pictured with happiness in this rhyming picture book with double-page spreads by Alexandra Penfold and Suzanne Kaufman. Cute rhymes and happy pictures show children, and families, in the story of what seems to be the first school day. The lines on the first double-page: “Pencils sharpened in their case./Bells are ringing, let’s make haste./School’s beginning, dreams to chase./All are welcome here.” Each verse following includes more of the day, during several lessons, at recess ...more
Kirsty Cabot
A wonderful book celebrating community.
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