PreS-Gr 2—This is a sweet, poetic text about being welcome and inclusive. The text lacks a narrative story, instead providing rhymes encompassing the concepts of kindness, beginning visually with a boy starting a new school and ending with a new family being welcomed into a town. The illustrations follow a diverse goup of children who embark on various activities: attending story time, visiting the park, gardening, and arriving at an airport, among other things. The book culminates with a neighborhood picnic and the words, "It sends a message loud and clear. Hello, friend. I'm glad you're here." The brightly colored, full-bleed illustrations have a collage feel and are made with simple, geometric shapes. Unfortunately, the depiction of multiple characters' experiences muddles the story, making it hard to follow. Nevertheless, stories about inclusiveness, kindness, simple hospitality, and positive representations are all in high demand these days, and this attractive title fits the bill. VERDICT Most libraries and preschools will find this a welcome addition.—Amy Lilien-Harper, Wilton Lib., CT Copyright 2020 School Library Journal.
Illustrations and easy-to-read, rhyming text show how to give a friendly welcome at school, in the neighborhood, or at home.Review by Publisher Summary 2
Ways to Welcomes is a sweet, timely picture book from writer Linda Ashman and illustrator Joey Chou about kindness and connection, ideal for schools and classrooms.A welcome can be warmOr cold,Shy and quiet,Big and bold. An offering,A smiling face,That lights an unfamiliar place.There’s lots of ways to show we careand welcome friends from everywhere!When everyone knows they’re welcome, the world is a better place—and you might just make a new friend. This sweet, timeless picture book about small acts of kindness in a big world is one that kids and parents are sure to reach for again and again.Review by Publisher Summary 3
Linda Ashman is the author of more than thirty-five picture books, and the creator of The Nuts and Bolts Guide to Writing Picture Books. Her books have been included on the “best of the year” lists of the New York Times, Parenting and Child magazines, the New York Public Library, Bank Street College of Education, and the International Reading Association. She now lives in North Carolina with her family. lindaashman.comJoey Chou has illustrated many picture books, including Ruby’s Chinese New Year and Hello, My Name Is . . . He was born in Taiwan and moved to sunny California in his early teens. There he received his BFA from ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena. Joey works by day as a visual development artist on feature animated films and by night as a picture book illustrator. joeyart.com