By: Trudy Ludwig
Illustrator: Patrice Barton
Alfred A. Knopf
The Invisible Boy is a story about a little boy named Brian who is shy and overlooked by his classmates. Brian is an artist with a fun imagination. But his classmates don’t pick him to play on teams or invite him to their parties. When new student Justin joins the class, he is teased by the other classmates because he eats with chopsticks. The next day Brian leaves Justin a note with a drawing of Brian eating with chopsticks telling Justin he thought his lunch looked yummy. After that, Justin makes sure to include Brian in the class. The story ends with Brian working with Justin and another student in a group project and Brian eating lunch with Justin and other classmates. It just takes one student to help another student feel like part of the group.
At the end of the book, the author includes some great resources for further discussion and reading. Some books mentioned in the list that I have read are: Susan Cain’s book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking and Kathryn Otoshi’s book Zero. Definitely recommend those books. I recently read this post and this post on Momastery’s blog about helping students feel included.