Recently I was sent a set of five books from Insight Kids that was essentially like taking my kids to their own version of college. The set, “All Kinds…” by Sheri Safran contains five “lift a flap” books that present some big-world subjects in ‘lil kid world perspectives. Each book is colorful, descriptive, and is on a level that (I believe) kids of all ages can understand and enjoy.
To be honest, they are almost too beautiful and full of some of the best pop-ups I’ve ever seen, so I was nervous to put these on my kids’ open bookshelf, but we do look at them together during quiet times. (My kids are 2 and 4, so it’s probably best this is how we experienced the set!)
- All Kinds of Beliefs: A celebration of religious diversity innovatively packaged with lift-up flaps and foldouts for hands-on enlightening fun.
- All Kinds of Fears: An instructive yet lighthearted interactive guide to help children recognize, confront, and overcome their fears.
- All Kinds of Feelings: From happy to sad, excited to bored, this delightful lift-the-flap book explores children’s many moods and teaches them to recognize and trust their feelings and consider their reactions.
- All Kinds of Festivals: This vibrant lift-the-flap book explores and celebrates the world’s myriad religions and cultural diversity.
- All Kinds of People: A warm and humorous interactive exploration of the many shapes, sizes, and characteristics of humankind, celebrating what makes each of us special and unique.
Of the five, my favorite was All Kinds of People, primarily because I love sharing diversity with my kids and the book presents it in the sweetest way (like, “There are tall people and short people” is shown with a tall person you have to unfold and a short person who can just barely see over a shelf–the illustrations help put meaning to the words). All Kinds of Beliefs covered a lot of religions, but I am sure as the kids get older they will wonder why their grandparents’ faith (Ba’hai) is not included. Yet, I think it will be the perfect opportunity to explain to them that there are so many beliefs in the world that it’s tough to include all in one book!
This set opens up a world of learning about our differences, and I think it would be a great addition to any child’s library. Our world is so diverse, and it’s important that we take any opportunity to express the beauty of it to our children.
Disclaimer: I received copies of the books above in exchange for this review. All opinions are 100% my own.