“Thank you so much for the wonderful books you donated to our first grade students! They absolutely loved them and it was cute to watch them read along. Perfect level for a first grade shared reading. I really enjoyed your guided questions and suggested follow up activities too!”– Ms. Noel, Coopersville Area Public Schools
COMING SOON! I Am Me will be available in Spanish in early 2021. “Yo soy yo, y eso es todo lo que necesito ser. I am me, and that is all I need to be.” Until then, take a look at this free Literature Review guide and grade 3, 4, 5 I Am A Star lesson plan from Learning to Give.
About the Book
Finding our place in the world can be hard. Sometimes we’re dealt more than we think we can handle. But the truth is, we can handle anything. In life, no matter where we are from, what we know or don’t know, or how we see the world, we always have this in common: We’re here, we’re super, and we’re already who we are meant to be.
Para encontrar a nuestro lugar en el mundo puede ser difícil. A veces tenemos más que creemos es posible a manejar. Pero la verdad es que podemos manejar cualquier cosa. En la vida, sin importa de donde somos, que sabemos o no sabemos o como vimos el mundo, siempre tenemos esas cosas en común: estamos aquí, somos súper, y ya somos quien somos destinados a ser.
I Am Me is a book with the message that we were all created to be just exactly as we are.
The story that is I Am Me is heartfelt and honest and acts as a mantra of sorts for anyone and everyone, but especially for individuals who are “different” in society’s eyes. Children, parents, friends, and families of individuals with Down syndrome (or any human being) need not be afraid of the unknown or the different because we are all amazing, super, and created as who we are meant to be. It’s all about appreciating diversity AND celebrating it!
I wrote I Am Me out of love and support for my son Jameson “Jay”. Jay has Down syndrome and it is my goal as his mother, and advocate, to make sure he knows (and the world!) that he is super just the way he is. As the book says, “You are you and I am me, just exactly how life is meant to be.”
You will gravitate to this book for its supportive message and a universal feeling of comfort through community. I Am Me is the perfect gift for parents, family members, and kids in search of a book with a heartfelt understanding of what it is like to support, to know, to raise, and to love someone a little Extra.
Special Thanks: Thank you to the 45+ donors who gave to this book project on the GoFundMe page. Your support, encouragement, and belief in what I Am Me could be is why it is now published.
Illustrations by Ashley Bryant. View more of her work at ashleyillustrations.com.