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We Need Everyone

By Michael Redhead Champagne
Illustrated by Tiff Bartel
Imprint: HighWater Press

Categories: Children's Nonfiction, Social Activism & Volunteering, Inspirational & Personal Growth, Diversity & Multicultural, Values & Virtues
Big Ideas: Contemporary Setting, Diverse and Inclusive Representation, Identity, Social Emotional Learning, Character Education, Friendship, Self-Esteem and Self-Reliance, Sharing

Interest Age: 6–8
Grade: 1–3
Reading Level: Fountas & Pinnell N, Lexile® Framework for Reading: 700L
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781774920121, 40 pages, March 2024
Ebook (PDF) : 9781774920138, 40 pages, March 2024
Hardcover : 9781774920114, 40 pages, January 2024

Michael Redhead Champagne’s welcoming call to action will inspire young readers to contribute to their communities by recognizing their own gifts and talents.


Everyone has a gift. Every gift is different, and every gift is special. Our world needs you to share your gift.

What is your gift? How can you use your gift to help others?

We Need Everyone empowers children to identify their gifts and use them to overcome challenges, achieve goals, and strengthen communities. Inspiring and uplifting, this interactive picture book celebrates diverse cultures, perspectives, and abilities through playful illustrations. Perfect for reading aloud.


  • Nominated, Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2024


We Need Everyone echoes a universal truth: we are in this world to be supportive and respectful of each other's gifts and talents. Michael's love for and commitment to this powerful idea is revealed on every page.

Fred Penner, Juno Award-winning entertainer

Wow! We Need Everyone is such a lovely story, full of wonderfully unique children. Michael has always been a champion for belonging, and that message comes through loud and clear in this uplifting, encouraging book. Michael has shared his gift, and his voice will inspire our youngest generation to find and share their own gifts. He has my love and respect for telling this story.

Katherine Hay, President and CEO of Kids Help Phone

We Need Everyone is a book that has been needed for a long time! This book shows us why it is important to look for what people can bring to a community, rather than what they are missing or need to change. It also reminds us that every single one of us has something to offer, exactly as we are.

Shelley Moore, author of One Without the Other

A reminder to us all to be kind to yourself and others and to remember that what makes us different is what makes us special and sacred! When everyone gives their special gift—the world becomes a more loving, fun, and fair place!

Cindy Blackstock, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society

The gifts of children shine as bright as the stars in the sky…no gift is too small and no gift should be dismissed.

Penticton Herald

Perfect for a conversation about social and emotional skills….a great springboard to talk about the important skills we need as humans and how sharing our gifts impacts those around us.


Among@ParentsClub Book Recommendations


An engaging, encouraging primer on how to develop one’s skills to make the world a better place.


Champagne’s debut picture book presents a simple, practical call to action for young readers, making it clear that embracing one’s true self is beneficial not only for oneself but for the world around them. Tiff Bartel’s cheerful illustrations, via dynamic, active images, depict a diversity of children and their gifts, thereby complementing Champagne’s inclusive message.Recommended.

CM Association