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Just Help! How to Build a Better World

By Monica Encarnacion, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Inspiring portrait of service urges kids to give back.

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Author Sonia Sotomayor continues to inspire us with her journey, and in this lively picture book she wonderfully captures the energy and joy of giving to others. In Just Help! How to Build a Better World, beautifully illustrated by Angela Dominguez, the first Latina justice on the U.S. Supreme Court shares some of her fondest childhood memories and shows how we can each do our part to help make the world a better place. Young readers will walk away understanding that it's often the little things each of us do every day that can have the biggest impact and ultimately improve our communities.

A letter to readers is included at the beginning of the book and shares the backstory for this book, including details about the author's childhood, her mother's own life of service, and insight into how Sotomayor found different ways to participate in civic life and help her community through a career in law. Her letter also encourages kids to make a difference, even asks them the same question her mom asked her daily: "How will you help today?

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