"The beautifully textured artwork by Qualls and Alko adroitly captures the mood and feel of a city in which diversity among people is such a natural occurrence, it doesn’t need to be called out — it simply is." -RJ Palacio, NY Times
WHY AM I ME?
written by Paige Britt illustrated by Sean Qualls & Selina Alko
"Why Am I Me? is one of the most beautiful books I have had the great pleasure of seeing in recent years! Such a perfect blend of words and images. Selina and Sean's art literally took my breath away." -Tomie DePaola, Caldecott Medalist
Kirkus *Starred Review*
School Library Journal *Starred Review*
Publisher's Weekly *Starred Review*
"An ordinary trip home becomes a journey in wonder and compassion when we pause to imagine a life other than our own." -Sophie Blackall, Caldecott Medalist
"I love the vibrancy of the illustrations and the mood they create as the story follow two children through Brooklyn as they ponder big life questions." -Javaka Steptoe, Caldecott Medalist
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.