Frankly, I think Some People Do by Frank Lowe–illustrated by Josh Hara–should be on just about everyone’s shelves. If you’ve followed my blog for any period of time, I’m sure at some point you’ve noticed that I’m always looking for new books on diversity that are written for young children. These books are immensely important. Introducing this information to young children is one of the best things people can do. The best time to combat the disturbing nature of ignorant thought and its influence on inhibiting the opportunity a person has for growth throughout their life, from the moment they are born onward, is when kids are young, impressionable, and eager to learn. And of all the books I’ve come across over the years, this has got to be one of the best I’ve ever read.
From race to gender, to sexuality, to disability, Some People Do is one of the most inclusive books I’ve ever come across. This book is well illustrated. The story and rhyme scheme are both incredibly well done. In so many ways I see this children’s book as one that will be immensely beneficial in setting a starting line for children to be aware of and able to understand diversity. Yes, there will be a lot more for them to learn while on that path of education, but this is a great place for kids to begin.
For that I can certainly see myself buying this book not only for a child I might have in the future but also for any child I do know now. And I have the greatest hopes that more books like these will be made and that they will reach more and more kids because I genuinely believe such stories turn children into better people and make the world a better place. I guess the truth is that I’m feeling a bit hopeful tonight and it’s really great to see books out there that give me hope.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.