Mixed Nuts: A story and discussion about diversity and inclusion by Mai-Lis F. Bahr

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Book Description:
What happens to a community when different kinds of nuts come together? Let Mr. and Mrs. Peanut show you how a community can grow through diversity.

Mixed Nuts is a must-have story and resource about diversity and inclusion for our growing diverse world, helping children develop positive social attitudes, inclusion, and acceptance. Through the story, the characters ask children to be empathetic and to look at the world in a larger than me way. Unfamiliar characters help them to think about our differences and similarities. Children will learn to appreciate how we are better as a collective, to disengage from fear and engage with curiosity and kindness.

Readers, listeners, parents, and teachers will appreciate how the story is told in a non preachy way. The discussion section on diversity that follows the story allows for dialogue, self-reflection, and questions. Topics in the discussion section include:
  • What is diversity?
  • How are we similar?
  • How are we different?
  • What does diversity look like?
  • What is great about diversity?
  • What is challenging about diversity?
Mixed Nuts addresses an often difficult to discuss and sensitive topic that urgently needs to be dialogued with children from preschool and up.

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“Wonderful, whimsical book with important message”

Five Star Review on Amazon by Aliwrites

Mixed Nuts is a sweet, engaging story, told in a way that is easily understandable for children of all ages. It conveys an important message of inclusion and diversity in a heartfelt and compelling style. Kids are never to young to learn about kindness and compassion, and this book is a great tool for introducing those concepts. I’m lucky to know the author, Mai-Lis Bahr – and this book is an extension of the way she lives her life. She doesn’t just espouse the ideas of acceptance and belonging in her book, but embodies those characteristics in her daily life. Her authenticity adds to the powerful message and appeal of Mixed Nuts.

About the Author

Mai-Lis Bahr is a resident of Charlotte, NC, where she embraces life with her husband, two children, and two dogs. While growing up in Saratoga Springs, NY, Mai-Lis used her imagination to take her places, as well as dream about the future – which she still does to this day. She has always loved reading, writing, and children. While tutoring for the Augustine Literacy Project, Mai-Lis met a little boy whom she had many conversations about diversity with, thus the inspiration for Mixed Nuts. Mai-Lis views storytelling as an art and a way to connect to one another. She finds fulfillment in publishing interviews with everyday people on her website, PeopleofCLT.com. Everyone has a story. What’s yours?

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