We Belong, a Book Recommendation

April 26, 2022

Laura Purdie Salas

With bright digital illustrations and a bouncy, engaging rhythm, Laura Purdie Salas introduces the reader to the many ways we are different as well as the many ways we all belong.

Tall or short.  Loud or quiet. We all belong.

We are not always the same each day. How we feel changes—all the time. Happy like a cloud or sad like a cave. “Teardrops and smiles both can help us connect.

Everyone is different but no matter how different we might look or feel, inside we are alike, sharing similar feelings, having similar dreams—needing friends, loving family, being scared.

We Belong is an upbeat verse picture book: “Jauntily rhyming text coupled with colorful, detailed digital illustrations outline the numerous types of people that inhabit the world.” And we all belong!

We Belong
written by Laura Purdie Salas
illustrated by Carlos Velez Aguilera
Carolrhoda Books, 2022
ISBN 978-1-5415-9913-0

An upbeat, empowering celebration of human diversity.” (Kirkus Reviews)

Enjoy hearing Laura Purdie Salas read “7 Poems in 7 Minutes

Laura Purdie Salas

Nancy Bo Flood

As a fish-brain surgeon or a rodeo poem wrangler, I have loved stories. I strongly believe that words – in poetry or prose – help heal our hearts and give us new eyes to see the world. I was first a research psychologist studying brain development at the University of Minnesota and London University before following my passion – writing for children. Learn more...