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You Are Brave: A Book About Trying New Things

You Are Brave: A Book About Trying New Things

By Margaret O'Hair, Inspired by Sofia Sanchez, and Illustrated by Sofia Cardoso

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An inspiring and inclusive picture book about overcoming the odds from Down syndrome advocate and viral sensation Sofia Sanchez!

Just because you are different, that doesn’t mean you can’t succeed and share your gifts and passion with the world! That is the timely and important message of You Are Brave. This book helps readers learn their own self-worth and encourages kids to overcome obstacles by sticking up for themselves and others, trying new things, and showing the world how brave they are!

This companion picture book to 2021’s You Are Enough and 2023’s You Are Loved focuses on dreaming big and overcoming any obstacles that stand in your way. Sofia has Down syndrome, but she hasn’t let that stop her from becoming a successful model, actress, and activist. Sofia is the perfect person to share You Are Brave's message of encouragement and bravery with kids everywhere.

About the contributor(s)

Margaret "Meg" O'Hair is a mom to two kids, a kindergarten teacher, and an award-winning writer. She likes to be on the water -- whether it’s on boats, kayaks, or paddleboards -- with her family and their three Portuguese water dogs, Sailor, Surfer, and Sundance. Meg has been inspired to write books about Sofia from the first day they met, including their picture books You Are Enough and You Are Loved.

Sofia Sanchez is a Ukrainian American actress, model, and advocate known for her viral video "Down Syndrome Is Not Scary." The teenager had her acting debut in the TV series Switched at Birth and has also appeared in the films For Paloma and The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, as well as print ads and commercials for Old Navy and Target, among others. Additionally, her adoption story has inspired several picture books with Scholastic, including You Are Enough and You Are Loved. Sofia lives in Northern California with her parents, three older brothers, two dogs, and a cat.

Sofia Cardoso is an illustrator and designer who specializes in children’s illustration. She currently lives in and creates from Portugal.

Book details

ISBN: 9781339026442
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Date published:
Page count: 40
Categories: Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Juvenile Fiction / Disabilities & Special Needs, and Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings
Ages: 4 to 8

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