Made by Raffi is a children’s story that also has a powerful message for adults. Author Craig Pomranz and illustrator Margaret Chamberlain tell a story inspired by the true-life incident of a young boy who is picked on because of his hobbies.
In the brightly colored 40-page book from British publisher Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, we learn that Raffi feels like he doesn’t fit in because he’s small, likes bright colors, and doesn’t enjoy loud games like the other children. Raffi prefers to knit and sew, making a rainbow scarf for his father and a velvet cape for a classmate. By staying true to himself, he goes from being bullied to being the class hero.
Pomranz has created a story that can start conversations about bullying and gender norms—hopefully helping the next generation learn that each person is unique and should be treated with dignity and respect. It’s a conversation worth having (with both children and adults) as we celebrate our diverse community during Pride month. —Bradley Donalson