Book Title: It’s Me by Jeff Kubiak
Category: Middle-Grade Non-Fiction (Ages 8-12), 57 pages
Genre: Children’s/Middle Grade, Non-fiction, own voices
Publisher: EduMatch Publishing
Release date: November 14, 2020
Content Rating: PG. Although the book reads like a graphic novel, it does contain topics dealing with racism and other social issues.
It’s Me is dedicated to every person who has ever felt less about who they are or want to be because of someone else’s opinion, feelings, or prejudice. Let’s ditch the prejudiced labeling, and embrace our Human Race for the diversity, inclusivity, equity, and individuality we all deserve.
I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.
It’s Me is an amazing book that teaches children that we are all individuals and that it’s okay to be different. Whether it’s a medical condition such as ADHD or autism, having a different skin color, speaking a different language, or anything else that makes someone “different,” that’s okay. We’re all people with feelings, and we all want to be accepted and loved.
Each person in the book has two pages. The first page has a picture with their name and what makes them different. The second page has text about what makes them different and what they want:
I definitely recommend It’s Me. Accepting people for who they are with all of their differences is important and something that our culture is finally (slowly) recognizing. For those who, like me, think they’re alone in their uniqueness, this book is wonderful confirmation for them that they’re not alone!
About the Author
Jeff loves children’s literature , “One Drop of Kindness” is Jeff’s first published children’s book. It’s Me reads like a fun graphic novel, but it is entirely non fiction. Every character in the book is a real student, or educator. It is so important for us to give access, equity, inclusion, and compassion to all those we meet. “Seeing” each other and embracing our differences are jewels to life! Jeff taught for ten years as an elementary school teacher in grades 4, 5, and 6 and has seven years of administrative experience. He’s always looked at education from a different lens: from someone who hated and struggled with school. Jeff vows to always do his best to help increase opportunities for all students to feel heard, noticed, celebrated, challenged and safe. Jeff works hard to push back against the old model of “Industrialized Education” and fight compliance. There is not a day that goes by that he is not looking ahead to improve teacher pedagogy, student engagement and digital access for all. Being a former world class swimmer and coach and looks at education from perspectives that others don’t. Jeff knows what it takes to fail, struggle, win and go through the daily challenges that we all face. Jeff is based in California and can be found at jeffkubiak.com, Twitter at @jeffreykubiak and https://jeffkubiak.blogspot.com/.
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