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Baby & Toddler


Bookshelf Must-Have:
We’re Different, We’re the Same

by the Brightly Editors

Illustration: popmarleo, iStock

For our latest Bookshelf Must-Have pick, we’re turning to our friends on Sesame Street. With warmth, wisdom, and fun, they’re showing toddlers and preschoolers that it’s our similarities and our differences that make us great.

  • Why You Need: We're Different, We're the Same

  • We’re Different, We’re the Same

    by Bobbi Kates, illustrated by Joe Mathieu

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    In this bright and upbeat book, the gang from Sesame Street shares the many ways in which we are wonderfully different and, perhaps more importantly, the many ways in which we are alike. Sesame Street characters and a diverse group of kids and grown-ups celebrate all different kinds of hair, skin, bodies, and more, and the common human connection that underpins them all. As individuals, our eyes may be different colors, but we all use them to blink, to weep, to wink. It's an important and timely message about the beauty of diversity and unity told in the straightforward, hopeful way Sesame Street is known for. Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy reading along with familiar faces and parents and educators will appreciate the opportunity to share this message of what truly matters.

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