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Book Review and Giveaway: I’m Like You, You’re Like Me. Ends Nov 13th

I’m Like You, You’re Like Me: A Book About Understanding and Appreciating Each Other by Cindy Gainer illustrated by Miki Sakamoto

About the author

Over her 28-year career, Cindy Gainer has worked with and for children in many capacities, including as an educator, proprietor of a preschool, athletic mentor, award-winning author, illustrator, musician, workshop presenter, and support professional for children with special needs. I’m Like You, You’re Like Me embodies her sensitive and encouraging manner. Cindy resides nearPittsburgh,Pennsylvania, with her husband, Bill, and son, August.

About the illustrator

Miki Sakamoto’s interest in illustration began during her childhood as she sketched, colored, and painted away for hours in her room. Her artwork is inspired by all her nieces and nephews. Miki resides in Orange County, California, with her husband, Kevin, her cat, Jake, and her mouse, Millie. She has illustrated several picture books, including What I Like About Me by Allia Zobel Nolan and My First Garden by Wendy Lewison.

About Free Spirit

Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Free Spirit is the leading publisher of learning tools that support young people’s social-emotional health and their educational needs. Free Spirit’s mission is to help children and teens think for themselves, succeed in life, and make a difference in the world. For more information, visit

About the Book

 “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 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. 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.

My Review: Another great book published by free spirit introducing diversity to young children. A book parents will appreciate reading to their children, educating them about how different people are but alike in many ways.  This multicultural picture book for children feature various ethnicities or races characters illustrated by Sakamoto, showing kids with long, short and curly hair, dark and light skin, how they are alike by living on the same street, attending the same school and even having the same name and many more. 

The author addresses the subject of diversity through six concepts: comparing, acceptance, listening, understanding self and others, kindness and co-operation at the end of the book which parents can talk with their children.

Don’t forget that it’s our differences that make each of us unique. I highly recommend this book for parents and for classroom teaching. When we teach our children that we may be different but we are alike. Then this world would be a better place.


Age: 4 – 8

Pages: 48

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.


Giveaway Rules


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Giveaway  ( US ONLY)


This Giveaway is Open to the US ONLY – publisher is giving 1 copy to 1 winner. Giveaway Ends November 13th.

Mandatory Entry for this Giveaway

Please leave your comment about the book and your email address in the comment field below.


October 24, 2011 - Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , ,


  1. Thank you for the awesome giveaway, the plot sounds like something my nephew would enjoy-the pictures are the type he enjoys too! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

    Comment by krystallarson | October 24, 2011 | Reply

  2. My grandson would love this book. And it sounds like he could learn alot from it.

    Comment by Patsy Hagen | October 24, 2011 | Reply

  3. Kids love to see how they are similar and different from their classmates and friends and it sounds like this book does just that and more! I love the illustrations on the cover and I bet any child would too. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Comment by Cassandra | October 24, 2011 | Reply

  4. It’s so important to teach children at a young age they are different from one another but still the same. I love this colorful cover. A great addition to my holiday gift list. Thanks for this opportunity. GFC name is Lucky47
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    Comment by Carol L. | October 25, 2011 | Reply

  5. ThiS would be great to share with my great grandson

    Comment by Ann Council | October 25, 2011 | Reply

  6. I grew up surrounded by racial, cultural, religious, and physical diversities. Differences were never an issue for me, and I am constantly shocked at how prejudiced and ignorant some people still are. I want my son to grow up as I did, and I think this book will be helpful.
    fec527 at hotmail dot com

    Comment by Francesca | October 25, 2011 | Reply

  7. We talk about our home, the Earth, as seen by the astronauts from outer space, looking like a big beautiful bright blue and green marble (hugged by white fluffy clouds)!
    There are no map-type boundaries between the countries and the people, we are one big family!
    This book would be perfect to emphasize the beauty of all people!

    Comment by pumpkinlady430 | October 25, 2011 | Reply

  8. My grandkids are at the age when they are starting to notice differences in people, and this would be a good way to direct their attention back to the greater similarities among us. The illustrations are adorable.
    tmyoung at rochester dot rr dot com

    Comment by Teresa Young | October 25, 2011 | Reply

  9. This book would be a great way to talk with kids about differences. They notice them, we all need to talk openly, warmly, and lovingly.

    lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

    Comment by domestic diva | October 25, 2011 | Reply

  10. Thank you for this giveaway! This is a topic we are working on currently with our preschooler. She’s getting the concept, but this book would really help! erinbdisney at hotmail dot com

    Comment by Erin | October 26, 2011 | Reply

  11. I would love to add this book to my collection. I’m always looking for ways to teach my kids to be accepting of others who may not look or talk like them. This sounds like the perfect book to do this. Thank you for bringing the book to my attention.


    Comment by Alison | October 27, 2011 | Reply

  12. I think this would be a great book to add to our shelf. We moved almost a year ago from a state that was not very diverse. When we came to CA my middle daughter asked alot of questions about sizes, shapes, skin colors, and handicap. Once in awhile she will still ask questions. I think maybe this book would help explain things a little bit more then I can. Since she seems to listen more to stories then she does us!

    Comment by larissa brunken | October 28, 2011 | Reply

  13. learning about diversity is just so important…to appreciate pple that r different from u!
    annsavd at gmail dot com

    Comment by anne s. | October 31, 2011 | Reply

  14. The topic of diversity is one that needs to be discussed with all children. Bullying is unfortunately still a major problem at school and elsewhere. Books like this help children learn to see the similarities as well as the differences.

    Comment by Heidi Grange | November 4, 2011 | Reply

  15. I grew up in a white, middle-class neighborhood. I was not regularly exposed to other races or cultures and it showed for a very long time. I don’t have prejudices or believe stereotypes, but for a very long time I just felt uneasy around other people who weren’t the same as me. I try to make sure that my children get as much experience with as many different types of people as possible. I think that this book would be just one more way to help them not end up struggling as I did. (I got over the “shock” of this when I moved to Los Angeles and lived there for a decade!)
    ohmiss14 at yahoo dot com ☮

    Comment by Alicia C. | November 5, 2011 | Reply

  16. My son, who is in preschool, is learning about his body right now. He has been able to see his likenesses and differences with his friends. This would be a great book to go along with the lessons!

    Comment by Kristie | November 7, 2011 | Reply

  17. Thanks for the giveaway. It looks like a very good book for children

    Comment by Diana Hatch | November 12, 2011 | Reply

  18. As a mom and preschool teacher, I am always appreciative of new books like this to share with children

    Comment by jenn d | November 12, 2011 | Reply

  19. I think my nephew would love this book-he is adopted from Korea and even though he is only 4,he is noticing that he looks different from family members and we try to express to him that it is okay-this sounds like a great book

    Comment by Laurie Brown | November 12, 2011 | Reply

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