Though homelessness takes many forms, we all too often stereotype the people going through it. The reality of the situation is that it can affect anyone, and the face of homelessness has and will continue to evolve over time. In Who's Homeless – an inclusive educational children's book – the concept of homelessness is explored in an honest, non-judgmental way that allows the reader to understand the characters and relate to their circumstances. It also contains a section on steps one can take to help people currently experiencing homelessness. The book is a follow up to Mike's first book, Homeless, also an inclusive educational children's book about a non-binary child and their family who must navigate the process of finding a place they can call home after becoming homeless. Intended primarily for children in grades one through four, its message will nevertheless resonate with anyone young or old. Each page comes to life with an array of colorful illustrations that match the respectful and accessible nature of the storytelling. Homeless is meant to serve as a learning tool that can be used by a parent, guardian, teacher or librarian to start an age-appropriate conversation around a sensitive topic. With its sturdy hardcover, it can easily be held by a child or adult during story time; its size makes it the perfect selection to slip into a young one's backpack when on the go.
Mike Boyce, Ursuline College