by New York Times Bestselling Author Heather Avis
A WaterBrook Hardcover | On Sale 8/9/22
Bestselling Author & Speaker Heather Avis Offers a Heartwarming Children’s Book–Inspired by Her Kids—to Build a Kinder & More Inclusive World
Last summer, passionate inclusion advocate Heather Avis’ Different-A Great Thing to Be!
landed on the New York Times
bestseller list and now, this popular Instagrammer and mom of three returns with the joyful, rhyming children’s picture book—Everyone Belongs
(a WaterBrook/Penguin Random House hardcover; on sale 8/9/22).
This heartwarming story was born out of the real-life experiences of her kids who inspire Heather and her husband every day.
Like in her previous book, Avis’ charming story is beautifully enhanced by Sarah Mensinga’s vibrant and eye- catching illustrations.
Inspiring and encouraging, Everyone Belongs
is an important reminder that it’s possible to make room for all people and all abilities—and that life is brighter when we give every person a chance to shine. We know everyone's different; no two are the same. You belong in our show
! the sisters exclaimed. Macy and Tru are putting on a spectacular talent show to highlight the ways they love to perform. Other kids arrive, eager to participate but unsure if they’ll be welcomed. Since the twosisters know that everything is a lot more fun when everybody’s included, they’re determined to find arole in the show for each person. Everyone Belongs
makes a great gift for parents, other caregivers, and educators for various occasions throughout the year including for baby showers and during the back-to-school season.
This sweet storybook would also make a timely feature during and National Down Syndrome Awareness Month
(October) and National Adoption Month
(November).ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Heather Avis
is founder and chief visionary officer at The Lucky Few, a social awareness brand on a mission to make a more inclusive and loving world with an emphasis on shifting the Down syndrome narrative. The author of Everyone Belongs
(WaterBrook/Penguin Random House; on-sale 8/9/22) and the New York Times
best-selling children’s book Different—A Great Thing to Be!,
she runs The Lucky Few's hit Instagram account
and is the author of a book and co-host of the podcast by the same name.
Heather is also the founder of the Lucky Few Foundation, a national Down syndrome advocacy organization. A former education specialist teaching high school students, she is a mother to three adopted children and has been interviewed on numerous media outlets including The Today Show
, Hallmark’s Home & Family,
and written for TIME
and The Week
. She lives in Southern California with her husband, Josh, and their three
kids Truly, August and Macy. For more information, visit www.HeatherAvis.com
Heather is available for interviews and to write articles/blog posts on:
--How Heather kids’ life experiences inspired her to write Everyone Belongs
--How to encourage parents to help their kids be kind and reach out to those who might not feel welcome
--How to foster a spirit of belonging in our homes and community
--Heather has said “every day my kids enter a world that questions their value and worth.” This is such a common struggle for parents today and Heather can talk about the parenting habits she has found that have been helpful in reinforcing her kids’ value
--How her and her husband’s parenting journey of adopting two children with Down syndrome and one
who is biracial has drastically changed how she sees herself and humanity
--How parents can better empathize with families who are different than them