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Why Am I Me?

By Paige Britt   Illustrated by Selina Alko   and Sean Qualls   

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9781338053142 Hardcover
40 Pages | 10.3" x 10.3" | Ages 4 to 8

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9781338184983 Ebook
40 Pages | Ages 4 to 8

Have you ever wondered why you are you? Or who you would be if you were someone else? Someone taller, faster, smaller, smarter? Someone lighter, older, darker, bolder?

Presented as a poetic exchange between two characters — who don't realize they are thinking and asking the very same questions — this beautiful celebration of our humanity and diversity invites readers of all ages to imagine a world where there is no you or me, only we.

If the first step toward healing the world is to build bridges of empathy and to celebrate rather than discriminate, Why Am I Me? helps foster a much-needed sense of connection, compassion, and love.

Raves & reviews:

Praise for Sean Qualls and Selina Alko

Two Friends by Dean Robbins:


"Bold colors lend an upbeat feel to the illustrations, while layers of paint and mixed media create subtle texture and depth." -- Booklist

A Case for Loving by Selina Alko:

* "Inspirational." -- Booklist, starred review

* "The language and images deal a blow to racist thinking and just might inspire the next generation of young civil rights activists." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "Hearts, stars, flowers, and facsimile family photos dot the warm mixed-media illustrations, visually underscoring the love that kept the Lovings' union strong." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Charming and cheerful mixed media illustrations." -- School Library Journal