Amazon Editors' Picks: Best Books Ages 6-8 (2021)
When Ms. Underwood asks if anyone wants to help Kyle, Zahra always volunteers. She loves spending time with Kyle--he's creative and generous, and he makes the funniest jokes at lunch. But when Zahra's other classmates start teasing her for helping him, she starts making choices she regrets.
I Can Help is a gentle, sensitive portrayal of reaching out, facing peer pressure, and learning from past mistakes. With thoughtful storytelling and poignant illustrations, this book will open discussions about choosing kindness in the classroom and beyond.
Reem Faruqi based I Can Help on a similar experience from her childhood. She is also the author of Lailah's Lunchbox (Tilbury) and the upcoming Amira's Picture Day (Holiday House) and Unsettled (HarperCollins). Lailah's Lunchbox, her debut, was named an ALA Notable Book and received many other honors. Reem lives in Georgia. Visit her website at reemfaruqi.com or follow her on Twitter @ReemFaruqi. Mikela Prevost is the author and illustrator of Let's Have a Dog Party! (Viking/Penguin). She has an MFA in illustration from California State University, Fullerton, and her art has been recognized by SCBWI and the Society of Illustrators. Her illustrations for I Can Help were inspired by her time as a classroom teacher. Mikela lives in Arizona. Visit her website at mikelaprevost.com or follow her on Instagram @mikelaprevost.