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People Are Like Lollipops

by Annie Fox, M.Ed., Illustrated by Brian Narelle



“I love the simplicity of People Are Like Lollipops. How true is this. This book makes it easy for children to realize we are all just people and people are so easy to love even if we look different and come in different wrappers, because in the end we all want the same thing to be happy and have fun and smile. And what lollipop doesn’t make a kid smile? A simple comparison with a big truth. What a great example for kids to relate to, comprehend, and understand differences in a lollipop way!!”

Rebecca Moore, Middle School Guidance Counselor


“My children love lollipops, and we have enjoyed the lollipop story and now they are singing ‘People are like lollipops!’ This is great, my friend.”

—Catherine Gakii Murungi, Ph.D.
Lecturer at Kenyatta University
Department of Early Childhood Studies


“I would ask my mom to read me [the original edition of this] book every night when I was younger, and sometimes I still pull it off the book shelf to read it before I go to bed. The pictures have managed to entertain me for 15 years. ‘And so you see, the old man from Salizar was right. People are like lollipops. Really.’ This [new] version is very modern and colorful. It took me a while to adjust to since I’m used to the simplistic style of the older version, but I ended up enjoying it... I loved the way you included elements of the old art although I missed the wise face of the original man from Salizar. I hope kids enjoy your books for years to come.”

—Jill Duerst, Long time People Are Like Lollipops fan


“With colorful illustrations People Are Like Lollipops teaches children diversity by using a comparison of people to lollipops. Children learn that we are all packaged differently and might not look like one another, but inside we are the same. This book is a much needed addition to school libraries, homes, and communities. It helps to foster the beginning of understanding, acceptance, and love for all, no matter the color, size, ethnic background, etc.”

—Amber Chapman, Family Matters with Amber


“What a wonderful comparison that children of all ages can relate to in terms of our differences! Most important, Annie easily threads the importance of embracing differences as positives versus negatives. The lollipop theme is wonderful and so apropos! The illustrations are beautiful too! I love that Annie is working to publish stories that have lessons for all kids of all abilities! Keep me posted.”

—Kristi Rice


“Yes, people really are like lollipops! Annie Fox and illustrator Brian Narelle do a wonderful job of explaining how we are all different and yet all the same! The comparison is an easy concept for little ones to understand (and a story mentioning candy is definitely a win-win!). As children notice the world around them and start to ask questions about what they see, People Are Like Lollipops will be a valuable reference for parents to draw on time and again!”

—Beth Panageotou, Early Childhood Educator
CEO Page’s Corner


“This book is a delightful way to understand that we are all the same, no matter what shape or wrapper we come in. The lesson is a delicate way to teach empathy and tolerance for all cultures. Kayla, our 7 year old, says she likes the book very much. Her favorite part was when the Old Man of Salizar held the Lollipop with all the people on it. She liked the way the illustrator used lots of colors.” More »

Paige Peters,


“Wonderful story about diversity and acceptance in a way so easily understood that I’m surprised this isn’t already a well-known simile! My children love the story!”

—D. Ryan Leask, author Counting Down the Storm


[reviewed iBook version]
“This short but sweet book contains a timeless message, presented in a whimsical and charming way. Parents will love the diversity theme, and kids will be drawn in by the stylish and hip illustrations and professional voice narration. A cute and engaging book for any age, but especially appropriate for preschool and early readers.”

—Brooks Jones, Sparks blog
Writer/Illustrator of I Don’t Like Pink!


“I will never look at a lollipop the same way again—and neither will my children! The way differences and similarities are described through the use of a lollipop is nothing short of brilliant and the perfect way to help children (or indeed, people of any age!) gain an greater understanding of the fact that we may appear different, but inside, we are all the same! A fun and easy read with a great message that is as important as ever.”

—Dawn Lyons, Teen Success Consultant at Lines by Lyons


“[Brian Narelle’s] whimsical and colorful illustrations immediately capture the viewer’s attention.

“The premise of the book is to present to young children the comparison of the diversity of people to the many different kinds of lollipops. The comparison is made in easy to understand terms that makes the learning fun and is an excellent way to introduce diversity to young children. The book is a wonderful way to introduce diversity to a child before he starts school.” More »

Jan Clifton Watford, author/illustrator



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