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. We can all be better by ditching our biases, stereotyping, and learn to better embrace our Human Race for the diversity, inclusivity, equity, and individuality we all deserve.
These are vignettes written by real educators, students, and others wanting to share their stories of how they have been marginalized and made to feel inferior because of who they are. What is your “It’s Me” story?
What readers say
Slowly but surely, we are becoming a culture that is more comfortable celebrating what makes each of us unique and different from what has been traditionally popular or “socially acceptable.” Thus, trying to conform and become a generic carbon copy of others essentially disrespects the authenticity of each individual person. I love how this book is written to honor all of the diverse and inherent traits that define each of us while showcasing that foundational concept that we all want love and acceptance in the world. Jeff Kubiak has identified key important subgroups that exist all across the globe. By spotlighting different subgroups, Kubiak helps us validate who we truly are by appreciating characteristics of others. All of us are sovereign souls with a universal right to express our divinity through our uniqueness. By reading and sharing this book, you can be a part of helping to connect us to each other. In essence, people need to know that they are not alone when they don’t “fit in” to what is deemed as “normal” in popular culture. It is time for us to learn about aspects of others which we don’t understand to arrive at a place of acceptance. If you struggle with your own biases when reading this book, it is OK. I believe by having the courage to read something that you don’t understand is taking a bold step forward to dismantling your own perspective. Just remember, just as you want to be accepted and celebrated for being you, so does everyone else. This book is a must read for every classroom and family who are desiring growth and expansion.
This book is great!! You never really know what somebody is going through and this book gives great examples of that. It’s so important to treat everyone with compassion and kindness because you never know what they might be going through behind closed doors.
This book allows readers to take a glimpse into the minds of others from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. It is an inspiring way to start conversations about empathy, respect, honesty, diversity and inclusion. The illustrations beautifully compliment each character’s narrative and bring topics of mental health to an easy-to-understand level. A wonderful book for home or school!
I loved this book on so many levels – as a teacher, as a mom, as a person. Not many books have my kiddo represented in multiple ways. Between autism, adhd, anxiety, and his trichotillomania, I saw him reflected and valued in the words of others. I also saw myself and so many others. Simply Brilliant.
Jeff Kubiak does it again! Anybody feel insecure ever in their childhood? In their adulthood for that matter? Jeff skillfully paints a picture of real adolescence going through real challenges making sure we all know we’re no different than anybody else. Embrace one’s challenges and thrive! Feel good about yourself. Thank you Jeff for understanding and pointing out what’s important. Great illustrations too! Highly recommend!
We have read “It’s Me” multiple times with our kids (ages 6 and 9) and it sparks great conversations every time. This is an important book for kids to discover. I HIGHLY recommend it (and Jeff’s other books) to all parents and educators.
It’s Me is a timely celebration and affirmation of the unique and brilliant parts of us, those that are seen and unseen. Each individual story evokes empathy and deeper understanding of the pain from not being seen for who we truly are.
These stories bring tears to my eyes, reminding me of my own childhood struggles of being “different” and those of so many brilliant yet misunderstood students who have come through my own classroom.
It’s Me is about humanizing all of us, an invitation to pause and reflect on our own biases and work toward truly embracing the beautiful diversity among us.
I love the variety of stories of real people, with beautiful faces, gifts and challenges that reflect the true diversity of us. I can’t wait to share this book with my middle school students and invite them to write their own “It’s Me” piece.
Love this book! We all need to see the humans in front of us, even if they do not look or act like us…especially if they do not look or act like us. Read about a character a day, imagine life through their perspective. How might it change your thinking patterns? Thanks, Jeff for this beautiful story!
I was reminded of the many fears, anxieties, and self-doubts I have experienced during my life, especially during childhood/early adulthood. I always thought it was just me. Thank you for this great reminder of the shared feelings that many, if not all, of us have had.