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I Can Help

I Can Help

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When Ms. Underwood asks if anyone wants to help Kyle, Zahra always volunteers. She loves spending time with Kyle--he's creative and generous, and he makes the funniest jokes at lunch. But when Zahra's other classmates start teasing her for helping him, she starts making choices she regrets.

I Can Help is a gentle, sensitive portrayal of reaching out, facing peer pressure, and learning from past mistakes. With thoughtful storytelling and poignant illustrations, this book will open discussions about choosing kindness in the classroom and beyond.

Author: Reem Faruqi
Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Published: 08/10/2021
Pages: 44
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.05lbs
Size: 11.10h x 8.50w x 0.47d
ISBN: 9780802855046
Audience: Ages 4-8

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 06/28/2021
Kirkus Reviews 07/15/2021
School Library Journal 08/01/2021 pg. 70
Booklist 08/01/2021 pg. 60
Shelf Awareness 08/13/2021
Horn Book Magazine 11/01/2021 pg. 69

About the Author

Reem Faruqi based I Can Help on a similar experience from her childhood. She is also the author of Lailah's Lunchbox (Tilbury) and the upcoming Amira's Picture Day (Holiday House) and Unsettled (HarperCollins). Lailah's Lunchbox, her debut, was named an ALA Notable Book and received many other honors. Reem lives in Georgia. Visit her website at or follow her on Twitter @ReemFaruqi.

Mikela Prevost is the author and illustrator of Let's Have a Dog Party! (Viking/Penguin). She has an MFA in illustration from California State University, Fullerton, and her art has been recognized by SCBWI and the Society of Illustrators. Her illustrations for I Can Help were inspired by her time as a classroom teacher. Mikela lives in Arizona. Visit her website at or follow her on Instagram @mikelaprevost.
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