Why Am I Me?

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Book Information
Rating: Excellent
Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary, Intermediate
Author: Paige Britt
Illustrator: Sean Qualls and Selina Alko
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Year: 2017
ISBN: 9781338053142
Pages: 28

Looking around at all of the diversity that surrounds us each day we are bound to ask, ‘Why am I me?’  Following the perspective of two little children who are very different from each other, the book explores this question. The reader is taken on a journey through their city which will cause them to also wonder, ‘What makes me unique?’  This thought-provoking book will cause you to reflect on the differences and similarities between those you meet.

With few word words on each page, this book would be a great read for younger children. The symbolism and depth from the pictures that accompany the text also make this a wonderful book for older children. All of the questions give the reader the opportunity to think critically and make connections to their own lives. This book would be a wonderful resource for learning about diversity and what makes you unique. The illustrations were created by using acrylic paint, colored pencil and collage. There is great contrast between light and dark colors which allow the images to pop. The illustrations are engaging and add meaning to the text. Almost every cultural group is represented.