Be Different, Be Brave, Be You
Author Sonia Sotomayor
Illustrated by Rafael Lopez 2019 Published
Winner of the Schneider Family Book Award 2020 Age range: 4-8
A stunning garden and a community comes to life in Sonia Sotomayor’s and Rafael Lopez’s-Just Ask. In the garden every living thing shows off it's diverse character and portrays its unique purpose as to why it is there. In the community that is wrapped around the garden every child regardless of how different they are, realize they too have a diverse nature, and they show their uniqueness in charming ways. Sonia tells her story as she learns to cope with her diabetes, we also meet several other children who contribute in their own way to make the garden their own. Each of these children like Sonia have learned to embrace their differences and deal with their own disabilities. Just Ask literary follows the mantra of just ask, encouraging a child who sees another with a disability to ask questions with the hope of learning about people who have a stutter, who have autism, who are blind, or who have ADHD to name a few. Every child regardless of the disability one has will contribute in a beautiful way to make the garden come alive.
A Bookish Decree: An unpretentious look at how everyone is part of a community.