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Reviewed by Alyssa Elmore for Readers' Favorite
Discover how children react to their lives as they navigate difficult social issues in the young adult book, It’s Me by Jeff Kubiak. Prejudices run rampant in our society, and tragically this reflects on our children and how they view their world. Whether a person has a different color of skin, speaks another language, or has impairments, being ‘different’ can be scary and lonely. If we are too busy looking at the surface, we miss so much and we are shutting ourselves off from learning about that person’s unique experiences. Explore how it feels to be different in short prose from the eyes of eleven to sixteen-year-old children. With more than twenty-two vignettes including autistic, Muslim, and LGBTQ viewpoints, this book explores the beautiful diversity of children and adults of this world and the possibility of tragedy if we don’t learn how to drop our prejudices and become accepting of the unique qualities of others.
It’s Me by Jeff Kubiak is a touching OwnVoices peek into children’s everyday lives and the candid way in which they speak about how they like to relate to their peers. The message of these stories is clear; everyone deserves to be seen for who they are as people, not labels. Colorfully illustrated with engaging graphics, I was impressed with the heartwarming way in which the author portrayed the stories. I believe that this book is excellent for parents and carers that are interested in encouraging empathy and the celebration of diversity and inclusion in their children. It’s Me by Jeff Kubiak is a beautiful act of love.