It can be hard to be differentwhether because of how you look, where you live, or what you can or can't do. But wouldn't it be boring if we were all the same? Being different is great Being different is what makes you YOU.
This inclusive and empowering picture book from Sofia Sanchezan 11-year-old model and actress with Down syndromereminds readers how important it is to embrace your differences, be confident, and be proud of who you are. Imagine all of the wonderful things you can do if you don't let anyone stop you You are enough just how you are.
Sofia is unique, but her message is universal: We all belong. So each spread features beautiful, full-color illustrations of a full cast of kid characters with all kinds of backgrounds, experiences, and abilities.
This book also includes back matter with a brief bio of Sofia and her journey so far, as well as additional information about Down syndrome and how we can all be more accepting, more inclusive, and more kind.
Author: Margaret O'Hair, Sofia Sanchez
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Binding Type: Hardcover
Size: 9.20h x 9.20w x 0.50d
Audience: Ages 4-8
Publishers Weekly 12/14/2020
Kirkus Reviews 02/01/2021
About the Author
Margaret "Meg" O'Hair is a mom to two kids, a kindergarten teacher, and an award-winning writer. She likes to be on the water--whether it's on boats, kayaks, or paddleboards--with her family and their two Portuguese Water Dogs, Sailor and Surfer. Meg has been inspired to write books about Sofia from the first day they met, including Be-You-Tiful: Love, Sofia, and Ride the Wave: Love, Sofia and Haole the Surf Dog. You Are Enough is her eighth book for children. Meg can be found at margaretohair.com and on Instagram at @margaretohair, where she journals her writing life with dogs.
Sofia Cardoso is an illustrator, designer, and foodie currently living and creating from Portugal, specializing in children's illustration. Her passion for illustration goes all the way back to her childhood years when her enthusiastic urge to create and doodle was nurtured by family and educators since kindergarten, mostly through drawing, painting, and collage. Nowadays she gets to spend her days creating for children's books. Using a mix of both traditional and digital ends, Sofia's work aims to inspire joy and creativity in both kids and kids at heart. When she's not creating, chances are that you'll find her either snuggled in a cozy spot bullet journaling or watching the food channel, before going to the kitchen to do a fair amount of trial and error with cooking and baking.
Sofia Sanchez is a fifth-grade student, actress, model, and self-advocate for Down syndrome. She has appeared in campaigns for brands like Target, Hallmark, and American Girl and made appearances on The Today Show and ABC World News Tonight. Sofia loves people, and she first went viral for her video that told the world "Down syndrome is not scary...it's exciting!" When she's not speaking up and following her dreams, Sofia loves to sing, do ballet, eat, and give hugs! Sofia lives in Northern California with her parents, three older brothers, two dogs, and a cat. Learn more about her life at sofia-sanchez.com or @thesanchezsix on Instagram.