Be different. Be brave. Be you. These are the messages and themes in the picture book Just Ask! by United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Just Ask is a wonderful book about communicating to learn about one another’s differences. In the book Justice Sotomayor teaches children about how some kids with special needs use special tools to help them with illness or disabilities – tools such as canes, wheelchairs or a service animal.
Children that read the book will leave with a better understanding of the “quirks” of kids with special needs including:
- Why a child with Tourette syndrome has ticks
- Why a child on the autism spectrum doesn’t speak
- Why children with diabetes have to take insulin
Children will finish the book understanding that kids with special needs can be just as smart and “normal” as those without special needs.
If you want the child in your life to grow up empathetic and tolerant of those different than themselves, Just Ask! is a wonderful book to begin a discussion. It is also available in Spanish under the title Solo Pregunta! which can be purchased on amazon.com.