Ezra's Invisible Backpack
Hannah Cohen, author
To the world, Ezra seems like a typical, happy fourth grader, yet making friends and joining groups can be overwhelming for him. His teacher introduces the idea that everyone has an “invisible” backpack with bricks which others cannot see. These bricks represent obstacles, emotions, and worries that people carry with them each day. From this, Ezra begins to realize that a smile on the outside doesn’t always reflect what's happening on the inside. Ezra’s Invisible Backpack is a picture book that shows us how kindness and communication with those around us can go a long way in making our classmates feel understood. The invisible backpack is a concrete tool for children to utilize in their daily lives to better express their emotions. It’s the perfect book to inspire empathy and empower children to identify and understand their emotions.