Picture Book Review: Just Ask: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You! by Sonia Sotomayor

Looking for your next read? Check out Just Ask: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You! by Sonia Sotomayor, reviewed by Fulco Library staff, Adrienne D.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and illustrator Rafael Lopez have written the perfect book to discuss uniqueness, special needs, and diversity to young children entitled Just Ask: Be Different, Be Brave, and Be You! Justice Sotomayor begins the book with a letter to her readers where she shares that as a young child, she was diagnosed with diabetes and had to take insulin, but no one asked why she was doing that. This was a perfect way to begin the book and enabled families to have meaningful discussions about differences and diversity during and after reading the book.

Next, the book introduces readers to several children with special needs who work in a garden. As readers meet each child and learn how they are different, then, at the end of their introduction, the author asks the reader how they are like that person and if you have questions about them, just ask. As a result, readers not only learn about different disabilities but also different cultures. Illustrator Rafael Lopez does a masterful job with the beautiful pictures highlighting the garden and each child's individuality. In addition to addressing diversity, Just Ask also introduces young children to a famous Hispanic American who wrote an award-winning children's book and the first Hispanic American Supreme Court Justice.

Just Ask is a must-read this fall/holiday season. It is available in hardback, and eBook/eAudiobook on Overdrive/Libby with your Fulton County Library Card.

Check out Just Ask: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You! on Libby, or from your branch's shelves with your library card today!

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