35 Posters for Children With Uplifting Messages of Support & Solidarity.
Over the past few days, children's book illustrators have been creating images featuring their beloved characters coupled with messages of love and support. Many of these images show their characters with a safety pin (#KidLitSafetyPin), others show the characters hugging (#HugsfromKidLit), but all are symbols to kids feeling vulnerable or being targeted with harassment that they are not alone -- that they are loved and valued. Moreover, these drawings, which the artists hope teachers and librarians will post in schools (you can click on any image below to open a printable version), send an important message to all students that now is the time to come together with friends and classmates to stand against any hateful speech or actions motivated by differences in gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, country of origin, or ability.
Along with sharing these messages of love, hope, and solidarity with children, author Kate Messner also expressed the importance of taking the next step: "If this is something you plan to share with students, please also take time to talk about what it means to have someone's back when it comes to fighting bullying and bigotry. Wearing a safety pin (or putting up a poster) doesn't really help unless it's accompanied by a promise of action. Speaking up and standing beside people who are being targeted requires courage, commitment, and planning. Here's a resource [from the Southern Poverty Law Center] that I think is great for talking with middle grade kids and older."
With young children, picture books offer an excellent way to emphasize the importance of kindness and acceptance of others. And, of course, literature is also a powerful way to explore topics ranging from misogyny to bigotry to xenophobia with older children and teens, as well as a vehicle for encouraging discussion on how we can build a more just and inclusive society now and in the future. In the resource section below, you can find a variety of such reading recommendations for all ages.
We hope you will print the images below, share them, and let all of the kids in your community know: they can find safety, hope, and love in books and with you.
Reading Recommendations For Further Exploration
If you’re looking for more ideas of how to talk about these issues with your kids, A Mighty Girl has several book collections that can help!
On A Mighty Girl, you can find many empathy-building books for children and teens that emphasize the value of compassion in our Kindness & Compassion book section.
For books for children and teens that continue to spread this powerful mesage of love and acceptance, visit our Tolerance & Acceptance book section.
At A Mighty Girl, we're committed to showcasing a diverse range of Mighty Girl characters and stories in our book collection. In our Multicultural Fiction book section, you can use the filter on the left menu, to sort our collection by numerous characteristics, including ethnicity such as African or Native American or location such as Europe or Latin America. This section also includes sections on people with disabilities and LGBTQ books.
For books that explore discrimination -- whether by gender, race, class, religion, or sexual orientation -- visit our Prejudice & Discrimination book section, which can also be sorted into specific types of discrimination using the left menu filter.
For books to help kids, parents, and teachers address bullying in their schools and communities, check out the reading recommendations in our three-part bullying prevention blog series: The End of Bullying Begins with Me: Bullying Prevention Books for Young Children, Taking A Stand Against Bullying: Bullying Prevention Books for Tweens and Teens, and Leading The Way: Bullying Prevention Books for Parents and Educators.
Artwork from the Children's Book World
Debbie Ridpath Ohi
Image credit: Debbie Ridpath Ohi Inkygirl
To view more of her Safety Pin images, visit her Facebook page.
Image credit: Raina Telgemeier Facebook
Jessika von Innerebner
Peter H. Reynolds
Image credit: Mo Willems Twitter
Ryan T. Higgins
Dan Santat is the author or co-author / illustrator of The Adventures of Beekle, Elephant & Piggie Like Reading, Oh, No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World), and The Three Ninja Pigs.
Image credit: Dan Santat Twitter
Brad Meltzer / Chris Eliopoulos
Shannon Hale / LeUyen Pham
Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Lee Edward Fodi
Jamar Nicholas is the illustrator of the graphic adaptation of Geoffrey Canada’s Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence.
Image credit: Jamar Nicholas Twitter
Linda Sue Park
Linda Sue Park is the author of A Long Walk To Water and When My Name Was Keoko: A Novel of Korea in World War II.
Image credit: Linda Sue Park Twitter