Inspired by the USCCB’s statement “Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love, A Pastoral Letter Against Racism,” Everyone Belongs empowers young readers to reflect on the reality of racism in our society, to see it through the lens of history and faith, and act towards respect, understanding, and friendship.
In this fully illustrated book for children ages 5-12, Ray Ikanga is a young boy whose family fled violence in their home country to come to the United States as refugees. The family moves into a new neighborhood and Ray begins making new friends. His excitement is interrupted, however, when someone spray paints a hurtful message on their garage: “Go home!”
Everyone Belongs is a book about recognizing the value of our differences, respecting each other, and forgiveness.
“As we continue to teach our children about love and equality and how this ties into our Catholic faith, children’s literature is a great way to share this message. Everyone Belongs is a wonderful story for ages 5-12 years old that can share ways to promote the messages of love, acceptance, forgiveness, and togetherness.” (Andrea Bear, Catholic Mom)
|Printable activity sheets to accompany Everyone Belongs are available for kindergarten and grades 1 through 5. Click here to download.|