Maria just wants to be the same as everyone else. But, no! Coming from a different country, she looks different and eats different foods with different names, like “pupusas” (which Alex has fun pronouncing: “Poo-POO-sa”). Embarrassed, Maria withdraws from her friends and struggles to even focus on her big assignment which is due in one week! All she can focus on is how different she is from everyone else. Yet, as the story unfolds, Maria discovers that she and all her classmates ARE the same in one surprising way: They are all uniquely different!
“This book teaches us to celebrate our uniqueness and diversity. A must have for all children!” – Dr. Kevin Leman, New York Times Bestselling Author of Have a New Kid by Friday and The Birth Order Book
“In a world where there is so much diversity, it is important for children to celebrate the qualities that make them different and unique. I CAN Be Me, by award-winning author Miriam Laundry, illustrates through a timeless story, that being different isn’t bad! It’s what makes the world such a special place! Not only does the book teach us about our differences, but characters learn about the power of our words. The lessons in this new book are valuable and I am excited to for it to be in the homes of children far and wide.” – Maria Dismondy, Award-winning Author.
“My five-year-old son and I really enjoyed reading I Can Be Me. It’s a wonderful story that helps promote multiculturalism, inclusion, and understanding that words can hurt one’s feelings. Coming from a diverse family, I can relate to many of the book’s themes. I also loved the illustrations as they matched well with the content of each page. Gus’ favorite part of the story was when they were outside at recess playing in the snow and Molly stood up to Alex for making fun of her two different colored gloves. He realizes that it’s ok to be unique and to be proud of what makes you different. This is a great book for all to read.” – Maria Quiban Whitesell, Co-Founder, QooL Media Studios and MommyLoves Tech, Anchor/Meteorologist for Good Day LA & The FOX11 Morning News
“I CAN Be Me is a wonderful story that shares the fact that we are all unique in our own way, and that we would all be much happier if we could love and accept ourselves just the way we are. We would also be much happier if we had fewer rules for how others live their lives. Thank you for the great story Miriam!” – Forrest Willett, Bestselling Author and Speaker, Baseballs Don’t Bounce
“Miriam Laundry is one of the most beautiful people in the world, as she warms your heart with her stories. She shares her children’s stories as a teacher would teach the students in class. The benefits from reading her books to your children could be huge. The lessons taught are instrumental in helping children believe in themselves and to try new things. Also, her stories build confidence and character. A very easy and fun read!” – Debbie Gaby, Entrepreneurial in Business – U.S.A., Arthur of In My Wildest Dreams
“I absolutely loved getting lost in this book. It took me right back to when I was a kid thinking of all of the feelings, emotions and stories that we begin to create at a young age. I wish I could have had Miriam’s books to let me know that happiness is found when we are able to be who we are…and be proud of it.” – Lori Harder, Fitness Expert, Lifestyle Entrepreneur and Motivational Speaker