MLK Day is just around the corner. Have you thought about how you are going to celebrate with your child?

The idea of explaining the civil rights movement to a preschooler is a bit daunting. But the simple message that we are all unique — and should celebrate our uniqueness — isn’t.  That’s why this MLK Day I’m pulling out  a oldie but goodie from David McKee: Elmer.

From the publisher: Elmer the elephant is bright-colored patchwork all over. No wonder the other elephants laugh at him! If he were ordinary elephant color, the others might stop laughing. That would make Elmer feel better, wouldn’t it?

Elmer tries to blend in (he’s patchwork). At the conclusion of the story, Elmer decides he’s happiest just being himself.

That’s a pretty great message to send our kids, no? You can nab the book here.

Editor’s Note: You can also get Elmer the Elephant books on your iPad or iPhone from Oceanhouse Media.

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