Please welcome Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen with her list of 8 Picture Books About Feeling Different But Finding Your Place.
We are giving away 5 copies of her picture book Splatypus. Please fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom to enter.
8 Picture Books About Feeling Different But Finding Your Place
1. Flight School by Lita Judge
Little Penguin wants to fly — no matter what anyone says about aeronautical deficiencies of the penguin body. He perseveres, relying more on willpower than talent. Eventually, adding an encouraging teacher and a dash of teamwork allows Little Penguin to soar to new heights. I love how this story makes you believe in miracles — even if they need a little assistance. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
2. Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
Chrysanthemum loves the uniqueness of her name until she realizes at school that unique means different and that different isn’t always accepted. Her self-esteem is deeply affected by her classmates making her feel out of place. But Chrysanthemum finds a kindred spirit and learns a lesson I myself have struggled with often — that even things (and people) that don’t seem to belong do actually belong somewhere. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
3. Unlike Other Monsters by Audrey Vernick, illustrated by Colin Jack
Everyone knows monsters don’t have friends, so Zander (himself a monster) isn’t surprised by his friendless state. But while he is unsurprised, he is also disappointed. Unlike other monsters, Zander longs for friendship — which he thinks he may have found in the form of a little red bird. Before Zander can truly bond with his new friend he has to learn to let go of other people’s (or other monsters’) expectations and give himself permission to be himself. A sweet story of finding new friends and also of finding yourself. [picture book, ages 5 and up]
4. Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
Stellaluna is a bat in a bird family. To fit in, she does her best to be perfectly bird-like before she realizes that you don’t have to be alike in every way to belong together. Each of us, at some point in our lives, struggles with trying to be someone we are not — just like Stellaluna. And just like Stellaluna, we need reminders that true family (and friends) love us for who we are on the inside, not for what we look like on the outside. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
5. Nerdy Birdy by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Matt Davies
Like most kids, Nerdy Birdy wants to hang with the cool crowd. But the things he likes are less cool and more…well, nerdy. Luckily, he’s not the only one and, soon, Nerdy Birdy has not only found his flock but has learned that there is more than one way to be in life to be happy. As a lifelong nerdy chick, I know exactly how badly it feels to think you’re being left out and how good it feels when you find a group who thinks there’s always room for you. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
6. Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth by Jarvis
Alan the alligator feels defined by his razor-sharp teeth. Everyone knows him for his teeth, and no one knows his teeth are false. When he can’t find his teeth one morning, Alan is forced to find a new way to fit into the world. This is a great lesson for anyone faced with an unwanted change and needs to learn how to make lemonade out of lemons. [picture book, ages 2 and up]
7. Two Eggs, Please by Sarah Weeks, illustrated by Betsy Lewin
Everyone at this diner wants two eggs. But no two customers are the same, so no two orders are the same either. A great way to show the common ground shared by different people and how to find similarities in things that appear different. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
8. Splatypus by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, illustrated by Jackie Urbanovic
Platypus has a simple problem: he wants to play. He just doesn’t know what to do, who to play with, or how he’ll figure out his dilemma. Every activity he attempts to join ends in a disappointing SPLAT — except at the end, when the SPLAT is exactly what was needed! A story about trying, failing, and trying again…and again…and again. (And in some ways, the story of my life!) [picture book, ages 3 and up]
5 Book Giveaway of Splatypus
We are giving away 5 copies of her picture book Splatypus. Please fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom to enter. We can only mail to U.S. and APO addresses.
Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen is the author of many children’s books, includingTyrannosaurus Wrecks and Quackenstein Hatches a Family. She lives in New Jersey.
To learn more, check out her website, Facebook, and Twitter.
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Alyssa Annico says
My favorite book about fitting in is “Strictly No Elephants”.
John Smith says
“What are your favorite picture books about fitting in?” I don’t know, but I’ve looked up the book mentioned by the previous commenter, “Strictly No Elephants,” and that has wonderful illustrations. But the title and theme are so sad–the story is too close to reality!
Gail OConnor says
My favorite book about fitting in is “The Name Jar” by Yangsook Choi
Leslie Nakagawa says
I love Stellaluna, but I am interested in Flight School.
Suzie Olsen says
Kevin Henkes is one of my favorite authors, so Chrysanthemum is a favorite for me!
Bianca Munoz says
Favorite book about fitting in is Whoever You Are by Mem Fox.
Carolyn M Wilhelm says
What a great topic! So many kids think they are so different, this is such a nice idea. Thanks! I shared this information on social media (the link).
Tara Chappell says
“What are your favorite picture books about fitting in?” I don’t know. I have a 9 year old so we don’t really do picture books anymore.
A Crafty Arab says
“What are your favorite picture books about fitting in?”
The Green Apple! I love how it shows you need all types of people to make a society in such a simple way for children to understand.
There are so many great titles here, thanks for putting together such an important list!
Jennifer Brunk says
Thank you for this wonderful list! It’s so important for kids to learn to love themselves, and these books support them as they discover who they are. I appreciate you recommending these titles!