cover image Be a Bridge

Be a Bridge

Irene Latham and Charles Waters, illus. by Nabila Adani. Carolrhoda, $19.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-72842-338-8

Beginning with a Rumi quote—“Love is the bridge between you and everything”—previous collaborators Latham and Waters reteam for this rhyming exploration of how children can learn to be a “bridge,” building key connections through kindness. Brief, unevenly scanning quatrains describe various ways to exhibit kindness, connection, and respect throughout the school day: “When someone new walks in,/ be the first to say hello./ Your smile could be the sunshine/ that helps a friendship grow.” Other actions include inviting kids to play, calling out classmates for unkind acts, empathizing, and listening. And after school is dismissed, the story continues visually, via Adani’s kid-centered digital artwork, which shows the variously inclusive students and teachers creating a bridge-themed community art project. An authors’ note, “bridge builder” activities, and a pledge conclude. Ages 4–9. (Aug.)