The celebration place

Reviewed by:

Ceil Carey, retired public librarian and long time book discussion leader



The celebration place


Dorena Williamson


Illustrated by Erin Bennett Banks


Picture book hardcover


32 pages


IVP Kids


October 26, 2021


In this colorfully illustrated book, Jesus’ desire for his followers to be one is demonstrated by comparing it to Martin Luther King Junior’s dream for unity as well. The celebration place is, of course, the church, where we see the church as a place of celebration not of division. The rhyming text works well with the pictures to demonstrate old and young, the handicapped, colors and cultures! It will be easily understood by young children and the author’s note concluding the book will add to that understanding as it is used by parents and readers.


Rating (1 to 5):

Rating: 4

Suggested Audience:

Suggested audience: preschool and early elementary

Christian Impact:

Christian impact: the church should be a welcoming place for all kinds of people


The Celebration Place

About Ceil Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

One Response to “The celebration place”

  1. I just bought this book for my church library but will probably hold it back for MLK Day. It is a great book!

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