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We can say no / Lydia Bowers ; illustrated by Isabel Muñoz.

Bowers, Lydia, (author.). Muñoz, Isabel, (illustrator.).


"The story in book five of the We Say What's Okay series helps children to realize that no one is entitled to another's body, which includes things like hair and wheelchairs. Children will be empowered to say no (and it doesn't have to be polite)"-- Provided by publisher.
"A story that helps teach young children that it's okay to say no. Feeling empowered to say no is a key foundation of consent. We Can Say No builds children's social and emotional skills and helps teach them that it's okay to say no. The fifth book in the We Say What's Okay series, We Can Say No follows Zakiya and Sami as they learn that their bodies, including their hair, belong to them and that no one should touch them without permission. Using the book as a read-aloud, educators and families can model the language Zakiya and Sami's teacher uses to support them. The author, who hosts workshops and trainings on teaching boundaries and consent for families and early childhood educators around the country, offers additional activities in the back of the book. Digital content includes a song from Peaceful Schools with downloadable audio files and sheet music. We Say What's Okay SeriesCentered around a class of preschoolers, this series helps teach young children the social and emotional skills they need to understand the complexities of consent. Each book covers a consent theme, such as how to recognize the physical sensations that emotions create, look for body language cues, ask for and listen to choices, and know that our bodies have value. With believable, everyday situations and diverse characters, children can see themselves and others reflected in each story-and develop a vocabulary to communicate consent and feelings. Every book in the series is accompanied by its own song from Peaceful Schools with downloadable audio files and sheet music. "-- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781631987120
  • ISBN: 1631987127
  • Physical Description: 36 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm.
  • Publisher: Minneapolis, MN : Free Spirit Publishing, [2022]

Content descriptions

General Note:
"With song from Peaceful Schools." -- Cover.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 3-5 Free Spirit Publishing Inc.
AD520L Lexile
Subject: Boundaries (Psychology) > Juvenile literature.
Self-protective behavior > Juvenile literature.
Assertiveness (Psychology) > Juvenile literature.
Assertiveness in children > Juvenile literature.
Respect for persons > Juvenile literature.
Personal space > Juvenile literature.

Available copies

  • 14 of 18 copies available at NC Cardinal. (Show)
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Fontana Regional Library.


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