Jenkins, E. (2008). The little bit scary people. Boiger, A. New York, NY: Hyperion Books for Children.
Genre: Children’s Picture Storybook (Multicultural)
A young girl comes across some “scary” people throughout her day. A cranky bus driver, a teen kicking a trash can, and other “scary” people are displayed expressing some kind of emotion but then the young girl shares that if we knew what they played with their children, or loved music, or other things about them, we would know that MOST people are not scary. The young girl knows this because some might say her dad and sister are scary but she knows they are not.
Reaction: LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this story. Not only does this incredible story offer a message that challenges prejudice and encourages understanding of others, it also promotes diversity and confronts stereotypes. For example, a male nurse, an African-American female principal, a female bus driver, a teenage girl playing football, and more. The illustrations are lovely and capture emotion through facial expressions, body language, and color.