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I'm Like You, You're Like Me (paperback)
A Book About Understanding and Appreciating Each Other
Cindy Gainer and Miki Sakamoto 
I'm Like You, You're Like Me (paperback)
“It’s fun to find ways I’m like you and you’re like me. It’s fun to find ways we’re different.”

In this colorful, inviting early childhood book, kids from preschool to lower elementary learn about diversity in terms they can understand: hair that’s straight or curly, families with many people or few, bodies that are big or small. With its wide-ranging examples and fun, highly detailed art, I’m Like You, You’re Like Me helps kids appreciate the ways they are alike and affirm their individual differences—all while building self-confidence.

Lively new art breathes fresh life into this classic introduction to diversity and self-esteem for children. A two-page adult section in the back provides tips and activities for parents and caregivers to reinforce the themes and lessons of the book. 

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48 pages, illustrated, softcover, full-color, 11¼" x 9¼", ISBN 978-1-57542-436-1

F&P: Grade 1/Ages 3–8/I
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  • Nautilus Silver Award winner

Awards for the previous edition:

  • Parent Council®  Selection

“A powerful tool to help teach children both to respect and to celebrate their differences.”—Midwest Book Review

“Colorfully illustrated and beautifully written . . . Children of all ethnicities, family situations, shapes and sizes and abilities, including those who are physically challenged, are shown and celebrated for both their likenesses and their differences. This is an excellent book for use in the home, classroom, or church library.”—Libraries Alive, a publication of the National Church Library Association

“Bright, cheerful . . . With the focus on kindness, respect, and tolerance, this title is an appropriate teaching tool for an early childhood environment.”—School Library Journal

“A perfect book to use in a classroom, nursery school, home—or anywhere there is diversity or where diversity is appreciated.”—Pamela Kramer, Book Examiner,

“Young readers will have a great time learning how they’re alike and different, from their hair to their families to where they live and more.”—Lori Calabrese, National Children’s Book Examiner,

“Simple words and detailed illustrations invite kids to notice, accept, and affirm diversity.”—Skipping Stones

“The message of this purpose-driven text is loud and clear: Recognize similarities, accept differences and appreciate both . . . A starting point for diversity discussions.”—Kirkus Reviews

“A wonderful book for helping young children understand and appreciate people who are different from themselves.”—Our Children: National PTA Magazine

Item No: 24361W

Price: $9.99


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Feel Confident! (paperback)
Cheri J. Meiners, M.Ed., and illustrated by Elizabeth Allen 
I Like Being Me
Judy Lalli, M.S., and Photographs by Douglas L. Mason-Fry 
I’m Like You, You’re Like Me (hardcover)
Cindy Gainer and illustrated by Miki Sakamoto