An ABC of Equality
by Chana Ginelle Ewing
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Pub Date 03 Sep 2019 | Archive Date 01 Oct 2019
Quarto Publishing Group - Frances Lincoln Childrens, Frances Lincoln Children's Books
All people have the right to be treated fairly, no matter who they are, what they look like, or where they come from. From A to Z, simple explanations accompanied by engaging artwork teach children about the world we live in and how to navigate our way through it.
Each right-hand page includes a brightly decorated letter with the word it stands for and an encouraging slogan. On the left, a colorful illustration and bite-size text sum up the concept. Cheerful people from a range of backgrounds, ethnicities, and abilities lead the way through the alphabet. L is for LGBTQIA. Find the words that make you, you.N is for No. No means no.P is for Privilege. Be aware of your advantages.X is for Xenophobia. Ask questions and you’ll see there’s nothing to be afraid of.
Celebrate your Differences, ask more Questions, share your Kindness, and learn to Understand the world.
Key Selling Points: A new series of progressive baby books, aimed at politically engaged parents and gift buyers Beautiful, stylish illustrations and design will set these apart from the competition Continues with the ongoing trend for baby books that deal with adult topics in an accessible way
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An ABC of Equality is the simplest, most colourful, beautiful and straightforward book I have ever seen to explain equality. Gender, sex, race, religion, etc. It is all here and easy to understand. This book should absolutely be a must own on any parents shelves. Not only would it teach children early about how important these words are, but it would help parents to understand better. Ignorance, fear and learning all contribute to problems we face and create inequality. Wisdom, love and understanding are what we need for a brighter future. I will be telling EVERYONE I know to get this book. Huge bonus for adorable and colourful illustrations.
A colorful and all-embracing book that will help kids learn about the different types of people and situations they may encounter in the world. Good for discussions.
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I adored this book! So vividly illustrated and engaging for readers of all ages. The ABC of Equality covers a range of terms and gives a brief definition of these terms. Perfect for dipping in and out of but presented in a more interesting way than some encylopedia/dictionary format texts. Definitely one to add to the class library!
There was no book like this when I was growing up. This is a modern, social justice based ABC. While its board book format makes this a book for toddlers to look at, the concepts are more sophisticated and for (slightly) older children...or the book can grow with your child. A few examples: D is for Difference, G is for Gender, P is for Privilege, etc. Each concept is explained in a positive way. The illustrations are bright, appealing and inclusive. This book is a good resource for opening discussion about how people treat one another. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this book in exchange for an honest review.
This was a good introductory picture book for some very difficult concepts for children to understand. I would recommend this book for 3rd grade and up as the vocabulary is fairly advanced. It is not overly wordy which is helpful in keeping kids engaged in a nonfiction book.
I wish this board book had been around when my children were younger. Regardless we read through this together and it came with many questions. Some were difficult but that’s the mark of a good children’s book. I want my children to learn, I want their questions. Even the most difficult ones. This will be a staple gift for all new babies in my life. I received a free review copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest unedited feedback. #read #reader #book #bookstagram #readersofinstagram #bookreview #greatreads #alwaysreading #reading #ilovebooks #currentreads #bookaddict #booknerd #bookish #bibliophile #goodreads #readerlife #booklife #readandreview
There is so much to love about this book. Words like class, gender, ability, etc are all explained in an easy way for young children to read. I have issue with two letters, however. Human being for H goes on to use the description man, woman, and children, which ignores the previous letter g for gender talking about all the genders that exist. It makes it seem like those genders are not included in being human. This was an oversight and needs to be fixed. L should be used for Love to talk about gay, lesbian, asexuality and bisexuality since transgender, gender, sex, and ze all cover the t and I in lgbtqia. There is no discussion in this book about how being gay is okay and that you can love who you want. Again, I think this was an oversight. Who you love being accepted is just as important as your gender being recognized. Overall, though, the book is fabulous, and I'll be buying a copy for my kids. Thank you Quarto Publishing for letting me review this book. My opinions are my own.
I really loved the diversity within the art style. I think this is a great representation and selection of words and definitions for children, especially young ones, as they start to hear and learn these words. The explanations were thoughtfully written and digestible for young ones. Highly recommend.
An ABC of Equality by Chana Ginelle Ewing is the kind of book I am excited to add to my shelf to share with children. This book has a lot of words that will help you explain to your young children about social justice and how to be supportive of many different kinds of people. The illustrations that go with each letter are cute and the descriptions are easy to understand for the age level.
An engaging and colourful celebration of our wonderful world and everyone in it, no matter their gender, class or race! With A for Ability, F for Feminism and L for LGBTQIA, author Chana Ginelle Ewing and illustrator Paulina Morgon, have introduced some empowering concepts perfect for some discussion starters with your little ones.
Amazing book, bright, colourful and appealing will draw the attention of everyone not just children. Full of very important lessons and messages and never talks down. Great reading to help introduce ideas and questions, should be in all pre_schools, nurseries and libraries. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
An ABC of Equality is a modern alphabet book that explains complex terms and ideas in a way that children can understand. I would recommend this as a great one-on-one read with children as a chance to bring up these ideas and talk to children about diversity, equality, identity, and more.
I really like the concept of this book. However, it does seem more aimed at older grade school children. The explanations of some of the words were very advanced. The illustrations are bright and fun. If only the basic ABC pages are read, and the other parts saved for later, I do believe it can be adapted for younger children.
Very beautiful book and very inclusive, looking forward to seeing what else Ewing does in the future.
An all exclusive ABC book that helps start conversations at an earlier age than ever before. Colorful and engaging, this book discusses things like the differences in (A is for) “Abilities”, the importance of respecting (N is for) “No”, etc. Absolutely want to get copies for the young ones in my family.
The concept of this book and the artwork is fantastic. There should be more books like this in the world and I appreciate that this book is out there. The only downside to it is that the language and long sentences would likely go over a young child's head. The length of the book is another concern because small children have very short attention spans.
What an adorable book! I loved it so much! I read it to my 2-year-old niece and she loved it as well! It was so much fun and I loved how inclusive it was. Will definitely be buying this one for all the children in my life!
I really enjoyed the illustrations and the simple way of introducing these topics. However I am unsure what age group this would be suitable for as is seems to be aimed at younger children but some of the words seem too long. You would also have to be prepared to discuss these subjects further with any inquisitive children.
This is a neat little colorful book (illustrated by Morgan) for young children written by Ewing, aimed at teaching tolerance and acceptance, and it's never too soon to learn such things. Young children in particular are far more accepting than so-called grown-ups when it comes to those who might be perceived as different, and it's only to the good to bolster those non-discriminatory perceptions. From A for ability through D for difference and E for equality, through I for immigration and J for justice to T for transgender and Y for 'Yes!', this book covers it all. I commend it as a worthy read for young children.
Chana Ginell Ewing structures An ABC of Equality around each letter of the alphabet, starting at Ability, passing Kindness, and Xenophobia, all on the path to Ze. Each layout in this vibrant picture book serves as a primer for both young and old in preparation of respectful conversations relating to complex issues such as ethnical and cultural diversity as well as class and gender. In fact, this book empowers a reader’s confident acceptance of themselves and others. With color and bold graphics, illustrator Paulina Morgan frames this book of tolerance with whimsy in a visually pleasing and child-friendly package.
This is a vibrant early years A-Z that every home should own. Words have been carefully selected to represent the theme of equality and are explained in simple terms.
A refreshingly new take on an ABC primer, An ABC of Equality introduces children to complicated and important topics like gender, justice, privilege, and consent. Though the concepts sound weighty, they are presented in a lively, accessible, and positive manner that invites conversation between young readers and their guardians. The bright and colorful illustrations represent children of all races, genders, and abilities and invite identification from all readers. They are clever and fun; I particularly liked the expressions and hand gestures on the “Yes” and “No” pages which help explain consent. Any parents or guardians who want to introduce social justice concepts to young readers will benefit reading this book with their child.
I received an electronic copy from Quarto Publishing Group through NetGalley. Board book An ABC book that takes young readers through various terms that deal with justice and equality. Ewing captures the meaning of each term in language families can discuss together. I'm not fond of the color scheme for the illustrations but appreciate the inclusivity of the humans in each.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book as an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This book is an adorable primer in social justice with very accurate terms, simplified for young readers and their caregivers. The illustrations are adorable and very diverse, representing all the types of people and situations the book describes. The idea of using ABCs to teach important terminology of social justice is a wonderful one and it is very well executed in this children's book.
An ABC of Equality was a perfect book for sharing with new little learners. I loved the alphabet feature and way equality in all forms was addressed. I would love to add this to my classroom.
I am so glad I requested a review copy of this on Net Galley. This book illustrates some complex topics in a way small children can grasp without sounding condescending. The art is lovely, inclusive, and colorful. It opened up some really great dialogue with my five year old and peaked his curiosity about a lot of important things. I will for sure be picking up a physical copy for my kids collection when it comes out.
This is a very colourful and powerful book. It is a very deep and powerful book that includes descriptions and illustrations for many important words in an equality field. It includes words such as: equality, feminism, gender, immigration, LGBTQIA... This book would be a great starting point for conversations with children at many ages. Very well written and a great resource for all! *Thank you NetGalley for providing me with an advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
I received va copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Oh, how I wish there had books like this when I was growing up. This vibrant and charming book should be required reading for all classrooms
This is such a beautiful book. It uses such simple language, paired with colourful images and explains lots of different concepts in a way that is so appealing and engaging. I will be requesting a copy for the school library ASAP.
Wow and wow. This content is incredibly well done. Loads of “hot-button” topics presented in a matter-of-fact way and (this was especially impressive) in a sequence that holds to the alphabet template while maintaining a logical progression of topics. What I mean by this is that new ideas are self-contained, and ideas build on what came before — no “we’ll explain that when we get there” stuff. Nearly seamless, and a book that could also be useful for adults who want/need an overview of key terms in social justice or intersectionality work. Terms/topics touched on (an opening to discuss) A: ability (ableism) B: belief (religion, personal convictions) C: class (classism, pre-judging, stereotypes) D: difference (acceptance, coexistence) E: equality F: feminism G: gender (identity) H: human being I: immigration J: justice K: kindness L: LGBTQIA (people get to be different) M: multicultural N: no (listen to others, consent) O: oppression (there’s a word for this wrong we see in the world) P: privilege Q: question (they’re okay to have) R: race (racism, personal bias) S: sex (as assigned at birth) T: transgender (believing a person’s self-description) U: understanding (the ability and right to learn and grow) V: value (as a way or shape of how we live out our beliefs) W: world (sharing the earth) X: xenophobia (anti-immigration sentiment) Y: yes (consent, owning what we like) Z: ze (the variety of pronouns) The only caveat I would offer is that things are presented so clearly here that children (especially in the literal/non-nuanced stage) could easily become “evangelists” for this stuff. Not a negative, but their adults might not be ready for the clear vision and voice of childhood to be applied to intense topics around certain people. Fair warning. I received a digital copy of this book for review (thanks Net Galley and Frances Lincoln Children’s Books), but I’ll be picking up a solid copy, too. This is good work.
I was excited to see what this book had in store but wasn't impressed with the product. I find A is for Activist to be a much better book with a similar message. This one was dry.
When a super-speed reader doesn't have a car for a month due to a predatory car insurance industry, you can get a LOT of reading done!! I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. A is for Ability, B is for Belief, C is for Class. All people have the right to be treated fairly, no matter who they are, what they look like, or where they come from. An ABC of Equality introduces complicated concepts surrounding social justice to the youngest of children. From A to Z, simple explanations accompanied by engaging artwork teach children about the world we live in and how to navigate our way through it. Each right-hand page includes a brightly decorated letter with the word it stands for and an encouraging slogan. On the left, a colourful illustration and bite-size text sum up the concept. Cheerful people from a range of backgrounds, ethnicities, and abilities lead the way through the alphabet. L is for LGBTQIA. Find the words that make you, you. N is for No. No means no. P is for Privilege. Be aware of your advantages. X is for Xenophobia. Ask questions and you’ll see there’s nothing to be afraid of. Celebrate your differences, ask more questions, share your kindness, and learn to understand the world. This book is a great way to teach kids, in a non-preachy way, about equality and that it is okay to be different. It is NOT okay to be bullied so I SO LOVE that P was for privilege! (Okay, I am preachy about that!) This is a book that every child should read - perhaps they should use it as a textbook in primary schools all over the world! Great illustrations and a fabulous book!
This is a beautiful children's book about a very important topic. It very delicately and in an age appropriate way discusses many issues in relation to equality and diversity in our society today. The book is brightly coloured and attractive to children and would be perfect to have the important but sometimes difficult conversation about differences.
Lovely bright inclusive fun way to spark discussion. The ideas are clear and simple, the concepts are huge. A great way to speak to a child and introduce the world that is around them whether you teach them to deal with it kindly or not.
A very good read. I have seen many similar picture books lately, however I felt this was the best of the bunch.
An ABC Of Equality is an interesting book which aims to show even the youngest children that everyone should be treated equal, whoever they are and wherever they come from. I found this an intriguing sounding book and was pleasantly surprised with what the book contained. I liked the idea of an A to Z but didn't know how that would be possible on such a specific topic, it does work though! Each page has a large capital letter on one side and on the other there is a brief description of what the word means. I like this layout as it is not too busy and easy to see the idea of the word through pictures and words. Each description is done in a simplified and child friendly way which makes even the more complicated words in the book seem a very understandable concept. The illustrations in the book are great to keep children engaged and interested in what is happening on each page and as the concept of the book is equality there are many diverse people shown throughout which is great for children to see. Although this book claims to show even the youngest children about equality I personally would not say that it would work with really young children. I wouldn't read it to any children under four as I feel it would go straight over their heads! Even with the simplest of descriptions they are still at an age that they believe they are the most important person so I think trying to get them to empathise and learn about so many different diversities and shows of equality is a bit overwhelming and quite confusing! If it was in story form I think it would be different but as it is as effectively a list I think they'd get bored pretty quickly. Overall I think this is a great book for primary school aged children and would be great to show the range of different people that there are in our countries and across the world but maybe not for the youngest children as the description implies.
This was just the cutest educational book. All kids should read this and should be in every classroom. I will definitely be buying it for my nieces. Thank you for the opportunity to read and review this book.
This is a lovely and well illustrated picture book. Definitely something to return to more than once, to have discussion about equality and inclusivity. Had a small issue with the continued use of "men" and "women", especially directly after just reading G for gender. Just feel that H needs some rewording. But overall, a great book which discusses important issues. And really LOVE the bright illustrations.
Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group – Frances Lincoln Children’s Books for An ABC of Equality by Chana Ginelle Ewing. This book talks about how “we all have different abilities.” It goes through each letter of the alphabet such as H is for Human Being, K is for Kindness, and N is for No. Each page covers one letter, first you get the simple sentence about the letter and then a paragraph with more information. This book is easy to read and very colorful. It is a simple, but very thoughtful and way of looking at equality in a way that all children should be able to understand and appreciate.
<em>An ABC of Equality</em> by Chana Ginelle Ewing and illustrated by Paulina Morgan takes important issues and sets out with the goal of introducing them to young children. And in many ways, I do believe that this book does succeed. In some other areas, it misses its mark. I am willing to be a little bit more forgiving of those factors, however, due to the fact that the exposure to specific ideas impressed upon in the book is the most important thing. Far too often, young children do not have the opportunity to learn about things like gender, sexuality, and diversity. Instead, people, often the intolerant sort, have a tendency to suggest that such themes should not be introduced to those at a young age. The greatest thing that <em>An ABC of Equality </em>does is to break the barrier that some in society have tried to set in place and to teach kids to be accepting. This isn't the end-all piece of a child's education nor does it accurately represent equality as it should, but I believe it is a great place to start. I don't imagine that the children reading this book are going to understand everything in it and therefore will require supplemental conversations and information to go alongside it. Especially as, unfortunately, some things were left out or missed the mark. When we get to H, <em>Human Being</em>, the text, unfortunately, leans toward a rather ableist viewpoint. My biggest problem with this comes down to the fact that it negates a little bit of the equality that the book advertises and leaves exposure to understanding disabilities sorely lacking. As we move through the alphabet to L, to my knowledge the information given regarding the letter Q in the acronym LGBTQIA is incorrect (though please correct me if I am wrong). Despite having Gender and Transgender discussed briefly in the book, some of the text uses phrases like "men and women" which almost negates the message the book is trying to send. And there is a confusing message sent about being "who you want to be" that could have the potential to accidentally sent the message that gender identity is a choice rather than who someone is, a piece that could be fixed with a little bit of rephrasing to "be who you are." Overall, I appreciate the fact that this book exists and believe wholeheartedly in the message it is trying to send. For now, I do believe that parents will need to further support their children through learning about and understanding these topics. In general, this book is a bit advanced for the age group I would picture it going to, however, I can also see some older children reading it for the more difficult content. It's kind of a lot to unpack, but I did appreciate the way the book presents the term and then provides a quick explanation or definition for it. The artwork overall worked well. It was colorful, engaging, and cute. I feel like this book is a good foot in the door to developing young minds into building an understanding of equality and diversity. It's a great starting point, though not without its flaws. But the great thing about that is the fact that hopefully the next time a book of a similar nature is published, it will be even better and that developing mind will be able to further their understanding. <em>I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.</em> | <a href="https://www.instagram.com/spasciuti/">Instagram</a> | <a href="https://mobile.twitter.com/SPasciuti_">Twitter</a> | <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/10337759-stephanie">Goodreads</a> | <a href="https://www.bloglovin.com/@spasciuti">Bloglovin’</a> | <a href="https://m.facebook.com/SteffPasciutiReaderFox/">Facebook</a> |</p>
The perfect book to explain diversity and differences. From race, gender and religion this is a great book for preschoolers and beyond
I think this is a beginning - have an ABC book showing the little ones some definitions that they might not learn otherwise for a while. It's not a perfect book, but it's a start and a great way to start a conversation.
I wish this book would have been around when I was younger. My daughter is a bit too young for the age range, but it is something I will enjoy reading to her when she’s older. I love the bright colors and the concept of the book. This book offers parents the opportunity to have important conversations with their kids,
First, those illustrations! So bright and colorful and fun, filled with all kinds of happy people getting along! I want to live in this world! Second, the text. I mostly like it, it means well, but it gets confusing at times, and is sometimes a bit off. Also, it seems geared toward children older than those that the illustrations are geared toward. Will a toddler really grasp concepts like transgender or oppression? Will an older child who would maybe understand these concepts want to read an ABC book? I'm not sure. I do love how hopeful the text is, giving children a vision of how the world could be, and I can definitely see this opening up conversations about the ideas presented. This book is really trying to do good, and while it's not perfect, at least it's made a good effort. #AnAbcOfEquality #NetGalley