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This beautiful picture book teaches kids to connect with themselves, with others, and with nature

Me and You and the Universe

written and illustrated by Bernardo Marçolla

Bringing together the worlds of social-emotional learning (SEL) and STEM, this calming and colorful picture book illustrates how we are all connected. By taking the reader on a journey from the minuscule (cells, the building blocks of nature) to the massive (a universe that is infinite), Me and You and the Universe teaches children about universality and connectedness and fosters an appreciation for nature and our world’s ecology.

Author Bernardo Marçolla beautifully articulates the importance of learning at an early age to look up to the sky and, as we see the stars, to know that we are part of them. The world will remain the same, but if we open our eyes and our hearts, our experience will be completely different.

“Although we seem different from each other, all of us, deep down inside, are very similar.”
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Hardcover $16.99 85225W Hardcover 85225W $16.99
Hardcover with Jacket: 978-1-63198-522-5
Reading Level: Grade 3
Interest Level: Ages 3–8
Guided Reading Level: P
Illustrated: color illust.
Trim Size: 8.25" x 9"
Page Count: 36
Praise for Me and You and the Universe

“This is the kind of book that opens your heart a little wider to help you love just a little bit more. Share it with every kid you know.”—Jill Twiss, author of A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo and senior writer at Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

“This gentle tale about the multitude of invisible threads that connect us to other people, to all living things, and to the universe itself is a powerful tool for building empathy and compassion in children and adults alike.”—Michele Borba, Ed.D., author of End Peer Cruelty, Build Empathy and Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World
“From a single cell to the infinite stars, Bernardo Marçolla's Me and You and the Universe is a stunning and relatable tour of diversity, inclusion, and each person's place in the interconnected ecology of our planet.”—Garth Sundem, author of the Real Kids, Real Stories series and STEAM In a Jar®
3-LS1-From molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
3-LS2-Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
3-LS3-Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
3-LS4-Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
3-ESS3-Earth and Human Activity
  • Common Core State Standards


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February 26, 2020 / Sam - New York, NY
A book with an amazing heart.

My 5-year-old daughter loves this book, and so do I. It somehow manages to teach a lesson in a few simple pages that most people take a lifetime to learn--if they learn it at all! That lesson being that we can't connect to other people (or with the earth, the universe, life itself) until we connect with ourselves, "with both our light and our shadow." Bravo to Mr. Marcolla and Free Spirit Publishing for putting this important message--and beautiful illustrations--out into the world.


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