by LeUyen Pham
This picture book does a beautiful job of explaining the last year without mentioning the word ‘pandemic’. It celebrates essential workers who could not go inside because some needed to protect us, and others made sure that we had what we needed. Even though we stayed inside we continued to learn and grow, and nature thrived on the outside. The text captures so many emotions from 2020 but ends by noting that we stayed inside because it was the right thing to do. The message is a simple one: we made it through because the whole world came together for each other, and a new spring is here.