Just Ask Be Different Be Brave Be You


Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and award-winning artist Rafael Lopez create a kind and caring book about the differences that make each of us unique.

Feeling different, especially as a kid, can be tough. But in the same way that different types of plants and flowers make a garden more beautiful and enjoyable, different types of people make our world more vibrant and wonderful.

In Just Ask, United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor celebrates the different abilities kids (and people of all ages) have. Using her own experience as a child who was diagnosed with diabetes, Justice Sotomayor writes about children with all sorts of challenges--and looks at the special powers those kids have as well. As the kids work together to build a community garden, asking questions of each other along the way, this book encourages readers to do the same: When we come across someone who is different from us but we're not sure why, all we have to do is Just Ask.---from the publisher

32 pages                            978-0525514121                           Ages 4-8

Keywords:  diversity, diverse books, acceptance, accepting others, understanding others, differences, diabetes, community, emotional intelligence, garden, 4 year old, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old, 8 year old

Editor's Note:  Also published in Spanish as Solo Pregunta  978-0525515500



A teacher/librarian posted this query on a listserv:

A preschool teacher is looking for books to share with her class that will help her students to be better friends to a child in her class who may be on the autism spectrum.

The child does not have any specific diagnosis yet, but the teacher is concerned that other kids are starting to parrot some of the unusual phrases that this boy tends to say.  They are not necessarily intending to be mean, but still . . .

If you can think of any books that might help preschoolers think about how to respect the uniqueness of others and/or how to be kind to others who are different, please let me know.


Just Ask by Sonia Sotomayor

The Kindness Quilt by Nancy Wallace

Why Johnny Doesn't Flap

Be a Friend by Salina Yoon

Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry

Finding Kindness by Deborah Underwood

We are all Wonders by R.J. Palacio I Am Human by Susan Verde We Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold Be Kind by Jen Hill *What If Everybody Did That?*  by Ellen Javernick

The Kindness Book by Todd Parr

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