Picture Books with themes of Inclusion


Image courtesy of Sylvia Liu

Inclusion is an important theme that picture books can tackle in a way that’s accessible to young children. And when youngsters grow up loving books that show them the power of inclusion, there’s a good chance our future will be more inclusive.

Here are our 2016 debut picture books that delve into themes of inclusion:


Picture Books with LOVE


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There are many kinds of love in picture books and 2016 picture book debut authors and illustrators have covered much. Check out these titles about LOVE.

Teamwork in Picture Books

Teamwork is a skill learned through communication and working together. This page from Nancy Churnin‘s THE WILLIAM HOY STORY is a great example of teamwork.



Penn State Extension’s Better Kid Care lists several reasons teambuilding with children is important:

Conducting team building activities with children can help children work on developing the following skills:

  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Cooperation
  • Listening
  • Self-esteem
  • Idea exchange
  • Working with others and different groups
  • Leadership
  • Creative thinking

The link above also has several team building activities for children.

And to wrap up, why not read a picture book that demonstrates teamwork?

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Picture Books with Animals

Picture books about animals or with animals as characters always resonate with kids. Animals can be friends.


Image courtesy of THE GREEN UMBRELLA by Jackie Azúa Kramer

Helping animals can build empathy. Sometimes we relate best to animals, and of course, pets can be very important parts of our lives. Here are our 2016 picture book debuts that centre around animals:


Humourous Books

Yes, they are funny, but humourous books are more than that. They can entertain, heal with laughter, educate and turn young people into lifelong readers. Seriously, funny books do something special. Check out this list from Megan Daley on Children’s Books Daily:

Five Reasons Children Should Read Humour

  1. Humour engages young people (particularly reluctant readers) as they are naturally playful and generally laugh far more than adults do.
  2. Humorous literature harnesses the exuberance and wonder of youth with words and ideas.
  3. Young people interact with their peers and foster friendships through humorous literature as they enjoy sharing the laughs with their peers.
  4. Humorous books reflect reality, which, in reality, is a mixture of sad and funny, joy and pain, highs and lows.
  5. Far from being an ‘easy option’, humorous literature encourages critical reading as young people learn to read between the lines and develop an awareness of subtly and sarcasm, right and wrong.


Humour was a big theme in our 2016 picture books. Check out how many of our books celebrate HUMOUR:

Read them all! Then try a few of these humour inducing activities, such as replacing a key word in a funny song.

Books about Friendship

To wrap up our debut year, we are going to celebrate our books by theme.


Image courtesy of Sylvia Liu

First up is FRIENDSHIP. As 2016 picture book debut authors and illustrators, we’ve made lots of friends over the year, and so have our characters.


Image courtesy of Liz Wong

Friendship was the most common theme that brought our books together. Take a look at our books celebrating friendship:

Here’s a little poem from CanTeach:


Friends care
Friends share
We need friends


Image courtesy of  Bats Langley

And if you have a child nearby who wants to celebrate their friend, here’s a printable booklet to personalize.


Image courtesy of Claire Lordon