I’m Not Just a Scribble written and illustrated by Diane Alber is a wonderful to help begin important conversations about friendship, empathy, inclusion and diversity. Scribble, the main character didn’t think he was different until he met his first drawing. After feeling left out, Scribble decides to take the opportunity to teach others a lesson on being inclusive and working together.
I love the valuable lessons from reading this book and also appreciated the eccentric artwork on each page.
As you are reading the book, focus on the emotions of the main character, Scribble. How did he feel at the beginning of the book? What did it feel like when Scribble was rejected? How about at the end of the book? Discuss the idea of acceptance and forgiveness. Has your child even felt left out? Discuss a time that you apologized for something you did wrong. This book has multiple layers and can be read multiple times to young children. For younger children, they may enjoy the verses and the illustrations. For older children, a teacher and/or parent can focus on the more abstract lessons in the book such as emotions and how to work through a challenging problem. This book can help lead a conversation about being inclusive and diverse. How can we make others feel included? The words empathy, diversity and inclusion are important topics to discuss after reading I’m Not Just a Scribble.
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