This heartwarming picture book, "My Name," by Supriya Kelkar beautifully captures the significance of names and their ability to forge connections and foster a sense of belonging. With a focus on creating an inclusive and welcoming learning environment, Kelkar reminds readers of all ages about the importance of respecting and embracing individuality.
One of the book's key strengths lies in its ability to connect with students on a personal level. Kelkar skillfully portrays the struggles children may face when their names are perceived as "difficult." My Grade 2 students were able to resonate with this book, they voiced out their similar challenging experiences - this book has obviously offered them a sense of validation and pride in their name.
“My Name" is an excellent resource that teaches valuable lessons in respect, empathy, and individuality.