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We Belong

We Belong
Laura Purdie Salas By (author)
Carlos Vélez Aguilera Illustrated by

Lerner Publishing Group

Limited ***

10.0 X 10.0 in
32 pg

JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship
JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts / Opposites
JUVENILE FICTION / Diversity & Multicultural


We all belong!

You and I, we're alike, / but we're different too. / That's not good. / That's not bad. / It's just what is true.

Explore and celebrate who you are and who others are too! Rhyming verse by Laura Purdie Salas invites others to notice the diversity of our world and affirm that we all belong, just as we are. Bright illustrations by Carlos Vélez Aquilera feature a diverse group of children, playing and learning in an urban setting.


"An upbeat, empowering celebration of human diversity."—Kirkus Reviews

"[T]his buoyant picture book promotes a hopeful vision of unity and camaraderie."—Publishers Weekly

"The pictures are alive with texture, vibrant color, and companionable activity. Teachers and guidance counselors may find this a useful prompt for conversation about not just accepting differences, but embracing them." —School Library Connection

Author Bio

Laura Purdie Salas is the author of more than 130 books for kids, including If You Were the Moon, Water Can Be . . ., and Bookspeak! Poems about Books. Poetry and rhyming nonfiction books are her favorite things to write. Laura loves to do author visits, writing workshops, and teacher inservices. Read more about Laura and her work at laurasalas.com.
Carlos Vélez Aguilera is a professional illustrator based in Mexico City, Mexico. He graduated from the National School of Plastic Arts and has illustrated more than twenty children's books including his graphic novel Salón Destino.