What If Everybody Thought That?
Ellen Javernick, illus. By Colleen Madden
(Aug 27, 2019; Two Lions; ages 3-7; 24 pages)
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My book review
Last year, I shared the book What If Everybody Said That? with you. What If Everybody Thought That? is another book in this wonderful children’s book series that teaches children that kindness matters. And kindness doesn’t just matter in our words but in our thoughts too.
What we think matters because what we think is shown by how we act. If we think someone can’t be a basketball player because they’re shorter, we might not pick them for our team. If that were the case, Isaiah Thomas may never have been given the chance to play basketball. At 5’9″, he’s one of the shortest NBA players, but he’s also one of the best!
And what if everybody thought that having a disability meant that disability held them back? Then we wouldn’t have athletes with artificial legs winning races. What we think matters!
What If Everybody Thought That? is a very important book to share with your children. Teach them that making assumptions about someone or something different is not the way to think. This is a great book to add to your child’s library.
About the author
Ellen Javernick is the author of more than twenty books for children, including the Children’s Choice Book Award finalist The Birthday Pet, illustrated by Kevin O’Malley, and the bestselling picture book What If Everybody Did That?, illustrated by Colleen Madden. She has been an elementary school teacher for more than twenty years and currently teaches second grade. She lives in Loveland, Colorado.
About the illustrator
Colleen Madden is the illustrator of many children’s books, including the picture-book adaptation of All I Want for Christmas Is You, by Mariah Carey, and the bestselling picture books What If Everybody Did That? and What If Everybody Said That?, both written by Ellen Javernick. She recently published Monkey Walk, her debut as both author and illustrator. She lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband and two sons.