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IntersectionAllies: We Make Room for All

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  337 ratings  ·  83 reviews
Hardcover, 56 pages
Published July 23rd 2019 by Dottir Press
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Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great book for teaching children about intersectionality and community and difference as a strength. I really enjoyed the ideas and approach here. Great illustrations. The rhyming was not at all necessary and too much but it's all good. This is a wonderful lil book. ...more
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great book to start conversations about a big idea topic to kids- and very helpful for adults, too! Follows a group of kids and showcases how their lives are different based on race, religion, and many other factors but also how they're there for one another. Extensive back matter includes prompts to get conversations going. Would make a great addition to any library. ...more
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really would love to give this a positive review. I would love to believe this was effective and wonderful and I love what the point behind this is. I just think most of it is totally inaccessible for kids.
Heather McC
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
The concept of intersectionality perfectly explains what makes every single person unique; the concept of how different parts of a person's background and history affect their life experiences and identity. There's a great graphic in the back of the book that explains it better than I ever could.

The discussion guide in the back of the book proves to be an excellent resource for educators, parents, and readers looking to apply the very basic (but important!) truths in this picture book.

The text
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
I really like the concept here, but this book is struggling to figure out its audience. It's rhyming text feels juvenile and forced. I think this would have been so much better as a picture book that doesn't try to force big ideas into a rhyme scheme. That being said, the notes are fantastic, and the illustrations are great. This defines terms that could be unfamiliar in an understandable way, and really, it would be a good intro for adults who would like an easy way to become familiar with new ...more
Casey Hess
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Where there's room FOR SOME we make room FOR ALL friends can be ALLIES no matter how small!"

The perfect picture book for teaching young children about growing up to be socially conscience adults. I love the way the words flow in this book and the illustrations are beautiful as well. The resources in the back of the book (including a page by page book discussion guide) go into greater detail so that adults can have a more meaningful conversation with their child. Make sure to check out the ins
I wonder what age this is intended for and who the audience is exactly? There is SO MUCH going on here and packed into this book.
Mark Robison
I really hope this book inspires others to tackle this subject (how children can better "make room" for those who might seem different) because it's a great subject — but, for me anyway, the book failed. It's one of those books you buy for the parent, not the child. No child is going to want to read this, certainly not more than once. And it's only for liberal/progressive parents — those with outlooks leaning right seem to be intentionally excluded. There's been such an uptick in bullying in rec ...more
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kidlit
The best thing about this book is that it exists as an option for readers to explore. The worst thing about this book, I really am sorry to say, is the delivery. Kids KNOW when they are being lecured to. The tone of this book is (of extremely good intention) unfortunately very clunky.

"Skirts and frills are cute, I suppose,
But my superhero cape is more "Kate" than those bows."

Again, I'm 100% supportive of diverse identities, but if this phrasing is confusing to an adult, that will be confeyed wh
There is so much to dissect in this book. There is great and fantastic intention. But what we need right now is books that are unquestionably accessible for children. This one had such advanced vocabulary and concepts that it is virtually inaccessible for children. If I try to use this with grade school children, I will get rolled eyes, big sighs and lots of complaining. This book, as well-intentioned as it is, misses the mark.
Much like the book about white identity by Anastasia Higginbotham, this book provides the right balance of concrete-ness and abstraction for very big ideas that are worthy of further discussion. I LOVED the illustrations and capture of contemporary political movements that will keep caregivers on their toes, holding them accountable to difficult but necessary conversations.
Tiyahna Ridley-Padmore
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-children
This is a fantastic resource to teach children about intersectionality and allyship. The book features beautiful illustrations of characters across varying abilities, gender expressions, religions, races, cultures, family dynamics and more. In addition to helping shape a more inclusive world, the book is all written in rhyme form and very engaging. Highly recommend !
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good overview for children. Felt the text was too complex for the choice to rhyme, which instead suggests it for a younger audience. Great opportunity to chant, tho. Amazing illustrations, great breadth of coverage.
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Making room" is stronger than ideas like "respect" and "tolerance" because it asks for positive action from us rather than a minimal response." I love this. There's a discussion guide which is awesome. Absolutely beautiful and necessary book. ...more
I really enjoyed this book about inclusion, race, cultural customs, and acceptance.
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Someone will probably try to attack and/or fight me if I give my honest review of this book so the 2 stars is all you gonna get.
Kris Patrick
It's a rhyming book. ...more
Mary Lee
I really want to love this book, but it fell flat for me. The rhyming text trivialized the importance of the message.
I absolutely loved this poetic picture book about intersectionality. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful and the message is wonderful. We're introduced character by character to people from all walks of life. The book compels readers to defend these friends despite our differences to create a better world for everyone. There are really helpful resources in both the back and front of the book to help define and explain intersectionality and talk with younger ones about the importance of ma ...more
Have you been struggling with how to discuss race, gender, and other essential issues with kiddos? I really liked how accessible “Intersectional Allies” is. It is a great primer and makes it easy for kids to understand/relate.
Mc Erl
Aug 16, 2020 added it
Intersectionality is such an important topic to know as the we learn about the world's diversity. Furthermore, the teaching was very inspiring and very encouraging to learn about intersectionality and differences in a positive light. ...more
Miriam Holladay Shaw
Aug 13, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: children-fiction
It covers people from different backgrounds (wheel chair girl in basketball, transgender in the bathroom, hijab in dance class, blacks protesting with the sign 'everyone deserves to breath', native Americans protecting their land, hispanics speaking spanish, Seoul translating for her mother, refuges from war zone countries. ...more
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This picture book is not for storytime, but would be perfect to spark a school-age discussion about what individual challenges and joys we all face, and how we can all use our strengths and advantages to "make room" for everybody to thrive. ...more
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I liked this! It covered a ton of identities (immigrants, disabilities, non-binary people, refugees...) students might connect with and emphasized standing up for and helping out other people. There is a good discussion guide in the back, too. Rhyming wasn’t always tight.
Tammy McIntyre
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent book for children (both young and old!) and a great conversation starter on the importance of being allies.
Nikki Morrissey
WOW. This is such an important book! I know it is a children's book, but as a mother of two young girls and someone working hard to raise kind, inclusive, loving, accepting members of the next generation - this book had tears in my eyes. It can be difficult to know how to explain social justice, prejudice, privilege, etc to young kids or even older kids. This book does a phenomenal job of demonstrating allyship and acceptance. It is a vital tool in teaching our children about privilege and how t ...more
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Five stars for the resources alone. It can be daunting, as a parent or educator, to know where to start to introduce these topics especially when they intersect. This book does a lovely job at showing how people can be different in so many ways, but through compassion and dedicated action, we can make space for all of us to exist equally.
The illustrations and rhyming scheme makes these topics accessible for younger readers but the extra support and resources for the grown-ups help to facilitate
Sadly, I didn't love this. The "story" itself was poorly executed-- the rhymes didn't work and there was little narrative cohesion. I think this would have worked better as a non-fiction book about intersectionality. Still, there's a lot of useful information in here to help adults navigate these conversations with children. The amount of intersectional inclusion was great-- including a hijabi Muslimah, a wheelchair user, a gender nonbinary child, and a refugee, among many others. I had never he ...more
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-read, children-s
I loved the concepts and the illustrations presented in this volume. I also thought the discussion guide and definitions at the end could be very helpful. I was puzzled though, by the text. I myself really liked it, but in seeing that the intended audience of the authors is young children, and with a reference to early childhood, I think the text is not what would appeal to that audience. I hope the authors will consult with some who specialize in language that would work for younger children, u ...more
Endorsed by the Black woman and attorney who coined the currently popular word "intersectionality," this book is key for educational curricula and family or library collections of picture books for grade-school(ish) children.

It's short, and doesn't really dig in to what it means by "make room," except in the foreword and appendices. But that's to be expected in this format. Overall, IntersectionAllies is an ambitious undertaking by a collective of young sociologists with different identities but
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