How to Say Hello

Hardie Grant. (Bright Light). Mar. 2024. 24p. Board. $11.99 ISBN 9781760507879.
PreS-Gr 1–Beer distills a common childhood fear right down to the basics in this comical and still somehow tender board book guide. In dynamic illustrations that would be fully at home in a graphic novel or on a cartoon channel, she shows worried strangers on a train, a working mother (judge by day, good kisses by night), how elbow bumps go a long way toward hello, hugs between an older Black woman and an exuberant pale-skinned child (party hats help here), fist bumps, and more. Disability is presented (a child uses a wheelchair, some participants are vision-impaired, a soccer/football player has a visible cochlear implant) in natural settings, and a range of skin colors and family makeups.
VERDICT With so many ways to say hello, simply having this book on hand is a great way to get preschoolers talking about how to include everyone.

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