Why Am I Me?

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  • "A perfect blend of words and images!” - Tomie dePaola, Caldecott Medalist

  • “An ordinary trip home becomes a journey in wonder and compassion.” – Sophie Blackall, Caldecott Medalist

  • “I love the vibrancy of the illustrations.” – Javaka Steptoe, Caldecott Medalist

★ “Stunning.”— Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★ “Captivating.”School Library Journal, starred review

★ “Lushly textured.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

Author Video

About the Book

Have you ever wondered why you are you? Or what it might feel like to be someone else? Someone taller, faster, smaller, smarter? Lighter, older, darker, bolder?

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.

About the Author and Illustrators

Paige Britt

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. Paige lives in Georgetown, Texas, with her husband.
Visit her online at http://www.paigebritt.com.

Selina and Sean

Selina Alko's 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 husband Sean Qualls, and the co-illustrator, also with Sean, of Two Friends by Dean Robbins. She has written and illustrated other acclaimed picture books, including Daddy Christmas & Hanukkah Mama and B Is for Brooklyn. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, Sean Qualls, and their two children. Learn more at http://www.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. He also illustrated 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 Selina Alko and their two children. Visit him online at http://www.seanqualls.com.

Selina Alko & Sean Qualls Events/Why Am I Me?

October 1
Stories Book Shop and Storytelling Lab (Brooklyn)
Presentation/Reading & Booksigning

October 14
Rhode Island Book Festival (Providence, RI)

October 18
NEIBA Author Dinner (Providence, RI)

October 19
NEIBA Booth Signing (Providence, RI)

October 19 & 29
Virginia Book Festival

October 28
**Brooklyn Botanic Garden / Ghouls and Gourds Book Barn

November 5
Powerhouse Books (Brooklyn, NY)
Presentation/Reading & Booksigning

November 11
Brooklyn Museum Book Fair

Also available from Sean Qualls and Selina Alko

The Case for Loving

"Unique jazzy rhythms" -- School Library Journal, starred review
"Larger than life." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Shapes and colors with a beat and bounce of their own." -- Booklist starred review

Two Friends

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