Named by Parents Magazine as the “Best Book that Champions Kindness”!

Join City Books in supporting the Books for Change program sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Child Development and give this book to a child in your life OR buy a book and donate it back to Books for Change and they will pass it along to a school or childcare facility. I Walk with Vanessa is available in store and online (see below).

This simple yet powerful picture book–from a New York Times bestselling husband-and-wife team–tells the story of one girl who inspires a community to stand up to bullying.

Inspired by real events, I Walk with Vanessa explores the feelings of helplessness and anger that arise in the wake of seeing a classmate treated badly, and shows how a single act of kindness can lead to an entire community joining in to help.

By choosing only pictures to tell their story, the creators underscore the idea that someone can be an ally without having to say a word. With themes of acceptance, kindness, and strength in numbers, this timeless and profound feel-good story will resonate with readers young and old.

I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness

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A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year

“This beautifully illustrated story shows young readers how to become caring and supportive upstanders. Love it!” –Trudy Ludwig, bestselling author of The Invisible Boy