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Pink Is for Everybody

A picture book by Ella Russell.

Ella Russell, illustrated by Udayana Lugo

Pink is for Everybody is a picture book by Ella Russell, illustrated by Udayana Lugo. (Owlkids)

A group of kids is stuck inside on a rainy day, and they're feeling gloomy … until they discover a pink treasure chest! Inside they find a collection of items that turn their grey day into a playground of pink. Pink is for painters and palace-dwellers, aliens and astronauts, dancers and dragons! In a parade of exuberance that celebrates all things pink, one surly cat stands apart and teaches the kids a gentle lesson about choosing what you love, no matter who you are, while respecting the unique preferences of everybody around you.

This uplifting ode to self-expression goes beyond the binary expectations of gender to emphasize the importance of creativity and acceptance. It invites readers into a welcoming space where different clothing, toys, and colours are enjoyed by all. With a diverse cast of kids and inclusive, gender-neutral language, this book encourages children to embrace their true colours. (From Owlkids)

Pink is for Everybody is for ages 3 to 7.

Ella Russell grew up in a house that had a box full of costumes for rainy-day play. The box allowed them to become anybody they wanted — from a swashbuckling pirate to a proper palace-dweller. Ella lives in Toronto, Ontario, with two cheeky but lovable fur-balls named Saffron and Juniper.

Udayana Lugo worked as a designer of products, interiors and graphics before her love of drawing and children's books led her to become a children's book illustrator. Udayana was born in Russia, grew up in Mexico City, and now lives in Richmond, B.C., with her husband and two kids.

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