Justice Sotomayor’s Book Challenges How We Approach Our Differences

 

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor wants children to know that it’s okay to be different, and is using her new children’s book to convey that message.

 

The first Latina justice on the highest court in the country has written a new children’s book titled Just Ask: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You, with illustrations by Rafael Lopez.

It tells the story of a group of children who are working on planting a garden. Each of the children has something different about them, but are afraid of talking about it. The book then encourages the kids to break down barriers and ask their friends about what they need in hopes of becoming better friends.

 

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Sotomayor drew inspiration for the book from an incident after she was diagnosed with diabetes at age 7. When she was giving herself an insulin shot, someone accused her of being a drug addict. Holding back frustration, Sotomayor told the person the truth and encouraged them to ask if you don’t understand something, before making a horrible assumption.

 

The book features a young Sotomayor talking about her diabetes diagnosis, along with other characters that have blindness, ADHD and several other illnesses. Sotomayor hopes to use these characters to show that being different isn’t a bad thing.

 

Differences provide not just beauty in life, but they’re important to the quality of the world we live in. It’s richer because of our differences. We’re not lesser because of it. We’re stronger because of it. My book celebrates the many ways in which kids and adults are different and do things differently.

-Sonia Sotomayor

 

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Just Ask is available now.

 

 

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