“That’s just like me! I’m like that too!”
“I feel the same way as the character. I didn’t know someone else feels that way.”
“That’s how I look. It’s like I’m looking in a mirror.”
“I see me.”
Those are comments I’ve heard over the course of the year since I’ve started realizing the importance of #weneeddiversebooks. Kids need to see themselves in books – whether it’s characters that look the same as them, have something that is the same as them, or characters going through similar situations.
The book Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson is a beautiful story that introduces us to Emmanuel. He is a boy who is not afraid to try, who grows into a man who fights for the right of disabled children.
We are first introduced to Emmanuel when he was born in Ghana, West Africa. And…
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