Publisher's Weekly: An interview with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on her new children's books

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The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Puerto Rican-American icon Sonia Sotomayor has released 2 new autobiographical books, this time aimed at children. One is a picture book for elementary school readers. The other, aimed at middle school readers, is an abridged version of her 2013 memoir. I read her memoir ("My Beloved World") about two years ago and it inspired me to seek out other Latina-authored memoirs. I think these new versions for kids will really inspire and help children dealing with disease, losing a parent or how to navigate being a rare person of color in education or work spaces. You can check out the new books here, and here.

My Beloved World was stimulated by a lot of questions kids were already asking me: “What was it like to lose a parent when you were young?” “What was it like having a condition like diabetes?” “Was it scary?” Once [children] see you in a position of power, a lot of them who are facing their own challenges ask: “Have you ever been afraid?” “Can you ever succeed if you fail?” They’re natural questions, you know?

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