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Childrens: Inspirational/Motivational
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Independent Press Award

2024 Distinguished Favorite

Aaron the Different -- A Story of Courage, Belonging, and Acceptance

Etty Burk

Eight-year-old Aaron lives in a country called Premium on the planet Astron, but unlike his tall, perfectly purple family and friends, Aaron is round, small and green. His classmates tease him and won't play with him because he's different from all the other Premiums. Why won't they accept him for who he is? His only friends are the sunmoonies and myrtledockers, strange and wonderful creatures who live in the forest and teach him the secrets of the mysterious underground caves and tunnels.

When disaster strikes during a school field trip, Aaron is faced with the challenge of his life. Something happens that changes everything, showing Aaron the value of his true inner strength, boosting his confidence, and inspiring the people of Premium forever.

This uplifting and beautifully illustrated story is a catalyst for important discussions with children and adults about respect, kindness, and acceptance. We all possess unique skills and talents and have the power to make real positive change. Author Etty Burk, an organizational psychologist who works with teams and organizations, delivers a powerful lesson for people of all ages about diversity and inclusion in Aaron's story. We can all help people feel they are safe, welcome, and truly belong.

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