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All Welcome Here

All Welcome Here

James Preller and Mary GrandPre

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With gorgeous multimedia paintings-and-collages by acclaimed artist Mary GrandPre, James Preller's All Welcome Here promises to be an evergreen gift picture book for children about to take the big leap into their first days of school.

The bus door swishes
Open, an invitation.
Someone is not sure . . .


The first day of school and all its excitement, challenges, and yes, anxieties, are celebrated here in connected haiku poems. A diverse cast of characters all start—and finish—their first days of school, and have experiences that all children will relate to.

Praise for All Welcome Here

"Caldecott Honoree Grandpré captures the day’s variable moods in pictures of absorbed, interacting kids of various skin tones and abilities. ... a cheery take on the joys of camaraderie."--Publishers Weekly

"Lively haiku pairs with vibrant art to showcase various facets of the first day of school. Cartoonlike, expressive mixed-media illustrations are an eye-catching blend of bright colors, patterns, and perspectives; the multicultural kids and adults further the sense of inclusiveness. With its reassuring and upbeat elements, this may also help alleviate first-day fears as it highlights the many positive opportunities that await."— Booklist

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James Preller and Mary GrandPre

James Preller is the author of many acclaimed books, including the Jigsaw Jones series, the Scary Tales series, and the novels Bystander, Blood Mountain, and Better Off Undead. He lives in Delmar, NY.

Mary GrandPre is best known as the beloved artist for the Harry Potter series; she is also the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of The Noisy Paintbox by Barb Rosenstock. She lives in Sarasota, FL.

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