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About The Book:
Title: THE ONLY ME
Author: Marissa Bader & Arlene Soto (Illustrator)
Pub. Date: August 25, 2022
Publisher: Marissa Bader
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Kindle
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Stella and Paige are 7-year-old fraternal twins who don’t look alike and have very different personalities and interests. Yet even so, people constantly compare them or comment about how strange it is that they’re not more similar. This has Stella feeling frustrated. They may be twins, but that doesn’t make them the same person.
Stella wishes people would see her for who she is, and not just as “Stella and Paige” or as “one of the twins.” All of the comparing and contrasting leaves Stella confused about her own identity—who is she outside of her sibling relationship? She also wonders if perhaps she doesn’t measure up to her sister, Paige.
Can Stella find a way to accept and value herself for who she is, and realize that she and Paige can each be their own, special and unique people, and still be twins?
- Perfect for kids who are trying to find where they belong.
- Not just for twins; The Only Me teaches the importance of honoring, accepting and celebrating our differences and unique selves in all kinds of relationships.
- Great resource to help young readers understand their value and worth.
- Helpful for kids struggling with identity and self-esteem challenges.
- Ideal for ages 4-8 (or even 4-10).
“This book is so fabulous to point out that we are all unique and different in our own special way. Truly such a helpful book for young readers to understand we are all different, we all have our strengths and that our kids can shine in their own special light. I love how this book also teaches young readers of acceptance, inclusion, confidence and growth. Very well written and a positive message and reminder to all!” – Sarajane, parent of two
“The Only Me is a sweet story about a girl named Stella exploring her identity and finding her strengths. As a twin, she feels like she is constantly compared to her sister and sometimes feels less than. She realizes that she has her own identity and with that her own special gifts to offer the world. Kids of all ages will see parts of themselves in her and will love reading this story. Her voice sounds like any young child’s and will be relatable for many little ones. A great story with a great lesson.”
– Dana, parent of two and teacher
“A beautifully written, kid-friendly story that so eloquently reminds all of us of our own extraordinary uniqueness. It’s a book that I could read over and over to both my children and for myself — empowering humans of all ages to celebrate and embrace our differences.” – Michelle, parent of two and therapist
“Marissa Bader’s book is the ultimate endorsement for embracing difference and celebrating children’s unique selves.” – Kathleen West, parent and author
Reading this made me light up and smile! Being a mom of 4 girls, two different ages and then a set of identical twins, this just hits home. I love how the author gave examples of things each child succeeds at. This is such a useful book to teach my girls how they are all unique in their own way. I am so excited for bedtime with this book! – Michelle, parent of 4 (twins and two singletons)
List your favorite books from when you were a child and talk about how you see them as an adult.
Goodnight Moon – I have the best memories of my mom reading this to me before bed when I was little. I was always a little concerned that there was an “old woman” rabbit rocking in the corner (a little creepy, no?), but even so, I begged her to read it to me nightly. It was my most favorite. As an adult, I realize that it wasn’t so much the book that I loved (though I did really enjoy it), but the special one-on-one cuddly time with my mom each evening.
The Baby-Sitters Club Series – This was my favorite series when I was in elementary school. I desperately wanted to be a baby-sitter and loved the way Kristi and her friends organized this club and ran it like an actual business. I looked up to all the characters – especially Kristi as she was the president and the whole concept was her idea – and, in addition to their baby-sitting jobs, I enjoyed reading about each of their life’s adventures. Looking back, I realize that the girls in the club gave me something to aspire to, and helped guide me through my own adolescence.
Choose Your Own Adventure Books – What kid who grew up in the 80’s and 90’s didn’t love these books?! They were so cool and creative! I loved that I had control over how the story would end, yet even after deciding upon and reading one ending, I always had to go back and read through all the others.
Marissa Bader is a Minneapolis-based writer who loves writing about mental health and parenthood, and currently serves as the Twins Editor and mental health writer at Lucie’s List (a survival guide for new parents). Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including Psychology Today, HuffPost Parents and Twiniversity.com, to name a few. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Marissa’s first children’s book, The Only Me, debuts August, 2022. When not writing, Marissa enjoys dancing, being outdoors and spending time with her husband and their three daughters, a set of twins and their singleton big sister.
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About Arlene Soto:
Arlene Soto is the owner of Intricate Designs. She is an illustrator, formatter, graphic and web designer based in Denver, CO. Her background is in Fine Art, and she has a BFA in Sustainable Interior Design. She has been happily working with children’s book authors to bring their stories to life through art and design. She aims to focus her portfolio on projects that center on diversity and inclusivity.
She is also a homeschooling mother to three girls and along with her husband they garden, have chickens, 2 dogs, and a cat to complete their wonderfully busy life.
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2 winners will receive a finished copy of THE ONLY ME, US Only.
Ends September 6th, midnight EST.
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The Only Me sounds like a book that many young readers will enjoy.