Just Like Me by Louise Gooding

Publication date: 11 March 2021

The Blurb

An anthology of 40 inspirational figures who are neurologically or physically diverse. The world is full of people who are a little different. Our uniqueness makes us who we are. We are all ‘different; not less’. This is a collection of the true stories of 40 inspirational figures from around the world, all of whom are physically or neurologically diverse. Each story includes struggles and triumphs, a motivational quote and information on each condition. Reflective of our diverse society, this book features Simone Biles, Selena Gomez, Temple Grandin, Warwick Davies, Daniel Radcliffe, Stephen Hawking, Greta Thunberg and many more.

The Review

Informative and inspirational, this is a must have biographical shorts for every school. Covering a huge range of ‘different’, Just Like Me ensures that every child has someone they can see a reflection of themselves or open a window into a life of someone in their class, school or community.

Each double page spread focuses on a role model who is either neurologically or physically diverse, explaining how it affects them personally, what they have achieved and an explanation of their condition.

We looked at Matt Haig, an author who inspires our children at school. His double page spread discusses depression, and how it differs from every day, momentary sadness. One child asked, “How can someone who writes so much joy, feel so much sadness all of the time?”

Indeed. And that is why this book is a must have in every school library. Children need to be able to look beyond their own lives with informed, intelligent and empathetic guidance, which this book delivers in spades.

Just Like Me by Louise Gooding is out now (Studio Press, £12.99)

Huge thanks to Studio Press Books for inviting me to take part in the Just Like Me blog tour. Do make sure you check out all of the other stops.

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