Author: Lana Button
Illustrator: Hatem Ali
Publisher and Year: Orca Books, 2020
Synopsis: Raj has one rule: he never uses the bathroom at school. It’s just not the same as the one at home. All day, he avoids bathroom trips and lives by these tips: Stay away from anyone who makes you laugh. And sit still: no running, jumping, cartwheels, or sneezing. Until one day—achoo!—Raj has to break his own rule. After he faces his fear and uses the bathroom at school, Raj doesn’t have to rush! He can try new things, laugh, explore … even enjoy his work. He can stay awhile and play. Raj discovers things are better if you just go when you need to. Told in speech bubbles with bright, lively art showing a diverse group of kids, this is a riotous rhyming read-aloud with an empathetic take on facing a common fear.