ELMER DAY – MAY 25, 2019!!!
2019 will mark the 30th anniversary of the first book published about the patchwork elephant Elmer. Written by David McKee, the series features over 30 picture books.
In contrast with his fellow gray elephants, Elmer is covered in colorful patchwork. The classic character allows young children to explore what makes them unique and the diversity of the community around them. Elmer’s attempt in the very first book to hide his unique patchwork results in his friends reassuring Elmer that they love him because of his differences, and not in spite of them.
The Ortonville Public Library will be celebrating Elmer Day with patchwork crafts, games, etc. for you to do.
Elmer’s Special Day revisits Elmer Day in the jungle. This time Elmer realizes that the other animals in the jungle have been left out of the celebration. Elmer declares “everyone means everyone” when it comes to Elmer Day. The message invites children to consider who they might be leaving out in their own play and friendships. Once again, Elmer stands for the celebration of self and the inclusion of all.