All of Us by Carin Berger

Hello, Carin! A humongous thank-you for visiting Watch. Connect. Read. to celebrate All Of Us. It is a beautiful celebration of community and LOVE.
Carin Berer: Wow! Thank you so much for having me. I am honored. As you know, I am a ginormous fan of Mr. Schu Reads. I always learn SO much and I get to have a peek into the minds of book creators that I admire and love. So thank you!
And I am a HUGE fan of you and your books. Thank you!

I wrote the words in purple, and Carin wrote the words in black. Thank you, Carin!

All of Us is about the timeless power of diversity, community and love, especially in the face of adversity. It is a celebration of inclusion and connection.
I hope All of Us will reassure each reader that they are not alone, that there is an important place for them within our communities. I hope that All of Us both acknowledges that we all, sometimes, face hardship and uncertainty, and that ultimately, hope and love and connection will help us prevail. I hope that All of Us leaves the readers feeling included, valued, connected and loved.

Love helps us cope with feelings of doubt and loneliness and worry, universal feelings that are experienced by children and adults alike. Love helps us navigate big world challenges like inequality, poverty and injustice. Love also helps us wrestle with more personal difficulties such as loneliness, unfairness, anger, uncertainty and loss. Love gives us the strength to overcome adversity.
Picture books have always always provided me with guidance, friendship, comfort and delight.

School libraries are treasure troves, safe havens, a place to grow communities, one of our richest resources...and home to librarians! What could be better??

Mr. Schu, you should have asked me if connection is a theme in any of my other books. Because the answer is yes! I think that connection is fundamental and important to all humans. Friendship, community and connection are themes in The Little Yellow Leaf, Forever Friends, and even in A Perfect Day. In All of Us the message is more explicit. There is, however, a second, quieter story going on in the book, like a wordless harmony. There are two characters, the little girl with the yellow boots, and the little boy with the red kite, who appear on many pages. Initially they are both alone and unsure. But when the book declares “For love wins”, they appear, at last, together on the same page, as part of a small community. And as the book progresses, they spot each other, and eventually unite, together in a larger community filled with connection and love.

Look for All of Us on May 8, 2018.


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