About the Author-Illustrator

Lisa Blecker is an award-winning children’s book writer and illustrator whose books include The Good in Me From A to Z by Dottie and Blessed Is the Spot. She and her husband, Aaron Kreader, run a family-friendly media and games publishing company called Studio 9 Inc. Lisa is also a regular freelance writer, artist, and concept developer for Brilliant Star — an award-winning international children’s magazine inspired by the teachings of the Bahá’í Faith. Her experience in education inside and outside of the public school system informs and influences the materials she creates for children.

Sweet Neighbors Come in All Colors lets children ages 2 - 5 sing along with friendly fruit from the Farmers’ Market who come in diverse colors, shapes, and sizes.

Young children will enjoy exploring what makes these neighbors different, the same, and all so lovable.

Sweet Neighbors will not only provide children with the opportunity to explore shapes, sizes, and colors, but will offer families the chance to discuss concepts such as unity and diversity.

Included in this fantastic new hardcover picture book is sheet music for the children's recording in the video you see on this page. Sing along!

Children LOVE this book.

Sweet Neighbors Come in All Colors
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What reviewers are saying . . .

Winner of a Mom’s Choice Gold Award
Named among the best in family-friendly media.

...the reader discovers how thru our unique characteristics and differences, we really have a lot in common. We may look different, we may sound different, we may even act different, but inside we all want to be loved and accepted for who we are.”  www.familyreviewcenter.com

"Heartwarming, cheery pictures of jolly singing pears, apples, oranges, grapefruit and plums dance across the pages, inviting a friendly celebration of diversity and joy... Sweet Neighbors Come In All Colors is an 'absofruitly delightful ' song story teaching acceptance of differences and celebration of diversity."   www.midwestbookreview.com

"Sweet Neighbors Come In All Colors" gives very young children the opportunity to explore early-learning concepts and offers families the chance to discuss ideas like unity and diversity. "Sweet Neighbors Come In All Colors " is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to family, daycare center, preschool, kindergarten, and community library picture book collections.”  www.midwestbookreview.com

The Award-Winning Children's Picture Book

"A silly and cheerful new picture book with an important message about kindness and inclusion…The book’s celebratory message of acceptance is made accessible to even the youngest of audiences through bright illustrations and thoughtful prose."  https://raisethemrighteous.com

"Sweet Neighbors Come in All Colors has a great message, so you can feel good about your kids reading it again and again. The characters are a variety of brightly colored happy fruit, and each one is lovable... Its message is timeless, and the illustrations are captivating."   https://mamalikesthis.com

 “It also helps create a dialog that even though we might be different, in essence, we are all the same...I feel like this book is something every parent, grandparent, guardian and/or educator needs in their book collection.”   www.hmesshousewife.com

“This book is so cute and has such a positive meaning! The book is beautifully illustrated with bright, colorful pictures that will grab the attention of all little ones!” mindysmayhemreviewsandmore.blogspot.com

FROM THE REVIEW/INTERVIEW: “When I saw that Lisa had put out a new book called Sweet Neighbors Come in All Colors, I knew it was going to be a hit with our family — and I wasn’t disappointed! It is cheerful, vibrant, sweet, fun and a book the kids ask for over and over and over again!” www.bahaiblog.net

FROM THE ARTICLE: Earlier this year, the author shared the book with first-grade students at King Arts School, using humor and handmade fruit puppet characters to reinforce concepts from the book, such as unity and being open-minded about making friends. Inspired by the activity, King Arts first graders based their annual play on the book. The book helps children think about diversity, what makes the ‘sweet neighbor’...It’s not our outsides that determine that. It’s what’s on the inside,” said Ms. Blecker.”   evanstonroundtable.com

"Blecker’s book simply and elegantly expands kids’ world of experience about produce while it confirms their innate acceptance of all different kinds of people. Her illustrations are upbeat and happy, and, yes, quite lovable. This is one of those books which will have adults and kids alike smiling along with those sweet neighbors as they read the story and even have a sing-along or two. Sweet Neighbors Come in All Colors is most highly recommended."   readersfavorite.com