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Why Am I Me? by Paige Britt, Selina Alko, Sean Qualls


Presented as a thoughtful, 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 celebrate rather than discriminate, Why Am I Me? helps foster a much-needed sense of connection, compassion, and love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781338053142
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 08/29/2017
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 119,382
Product dimensions: 10.10(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author


Paige Britt has been asking big questions since she was a small child. Her search for answers led her to write books that might inspire young readers to think, explore, and stay open to life’s mysteries. Her debut novel, The Lost Track of Time, was hailed by Publishers Weekly in a starred review as an “exuberant homage to the power of imagination.” Why Am I Me? is her first picture book. She lives near Austin, Texas, with her husband. Visit her online at paigebritt.com.



Selina Alko has always been curious about different people and cultures, which stems, in part, from growing up with a Canadian mother and a Turkish father, who spoke seven languages and taught her to paint. Her art brims with optimism, experimentation, and a deep commitment to multiculturalism and human rights. She is the author of The Case for Loving, which she illustrated with her husband, Sean Qualls, and the co-illustrator, also with Sean, of Two Friends by Dean Robbins. She has written and illustrated several other acclaimed picture books, including Daddy Christmas & Hanukkah Mama and B Is for Brooklyn. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family. Learn more at selinaalko.com.



Sean Qualls finds inspiration everywhere, from old buildings, nature, fairy tales, black memorabilia, and outsider art to cave paintings, African imagery, mythology, music, and his native Brooklyn. He is the co-illustrator, with his wife, Selina Alko, of the celebrated picture books Two Friends by Dean Robbins and The Case for Loving by Selina Alko. Other acclaimed picture books he has illustrated include Giant Steps to Change the World by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee, Little Cloud and Lady Wind by Toni Morrison and her son Slade, Dizzy by Jonah Winter, and Before John Was a Jazz Giant by Carole Boston Weatherford, for which he received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his family. Visit him online at seanqualls.com.

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Why Am I Me? 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
This is a picture book about a boy and a girl who wonder why they are who they are. They ask, “ why am I me? If I were someone else, who would I be? Someone taller, faster, smaller, smarter?” To me, it seems silly. I am happy being me. I don’t want to be someone else. I want to be a ninja, a paleontologist and a coder when I grow up. I even want to be an astronaut. Some people say my brother and I are alike. We are two years apart but we are the same size so people always think we are twins. We have different personalities. I like to make things, arts and crafts, do science experiments and play with robots. I am super happy being me so I never wondered why I was made the way I am. I just accept it. I started to wonder why the author kept asking the same question. People should feel good about themselves and be happy about who they are. To me, it doesn’t matter why I am me. I just know I am and move on. I like the colorful pictures in this book. I understand some people really want to know why they are who they are and not someone different. It’s just not a question I think about. Everybody’s different and that’s cool. I give this book 4 stars and recommend it to kids ages 4 and up. Jack H., 5, New Mexico Mensa