As we start a new year, it's a good time to think about the traits we want to instill in our kids - traits that sometimes are hard to find in the way people interact with each other. Acceptance, friendship, and love are extremely important, now even more than ever.
I recently had a chance to review Journey to Appleville by Veronica S. Appleton, written to spread awareness of the importance of cultural representation and acceptance. The book is a story about six kids who want to go to Appleville, overcome their fears, and get a Golden Apple from the Appleville Fairy. It's a book with beautiful illustrations.
The children represent a beautiful mix of diversity, working together to achieve their goals. The book includes kind lessons on friendship and cooperation, and also provides kids from many cultures with a character who looks like them.