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Kids learn the importance of connecting with others, with nature, and with themselves in this journey from the minuscule to the massive.
Bringing together the worlds of social and 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 the importance of connecting with others, with nature, and with themselves. The message of universality and connectedness helps foster an appreciation for nature and our world’s ecology.
Author and illustrator Bernardo Marçolla beautifully articulates the value 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.”
Also available by Bernardo Marçolla: All You Can Imagine, a book about the power of imagination
“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
About the Author
Bernardo Marçolla is an author and illustrator who holds degrees in psychology and literature and has over ten years of experience as a professor of psychology. Since 2012, he has been an analyst in the Human Resources area of the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, and in 2017, he published the book Psychology and Ecology: Nature, Subjectivity and Its Intersections. Inspired to adapt the ideas in that book for children, Marçolla created Me and You and the Universe. He loves chocolate and still has not given up on learning to draw a little better. He lives in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, with his wife and two cats.
“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®