Thursday, June 10, 2021

Books: Am I A Unicorn?

June is LGBTQ Pride Month and there’s no better time to teach children the importance of having an open mind.

Children’s picture book “Am I a Unicorn” celebrates pride and has a powerful positive message about embracing difference and overcoming adversity.

Written by award winning author, Stephanie Sorkin, “Am I a Unicorn?” is an adorable story written in rhyme about a unicorn that breaks its horn and learns how to grapple with the feelings of being unique and different. The story touches on self-esteem and diversity, ultimately teaching the important lesson of accepting one's individuality.

Sorkin, a mother of three herself, was inspired to write "Am I a Unicorn?" as a way of opening up a discussion about what it's like to be different, hoping that children will realize that as much as everyone wants to be accepted, it's most important to accept ourselves. Rather than use all Unicorns in the story, she chose to use a diverse array of animals to give children a chance to see that not everyone's the same before even reading a single word of the book. Similar to Sorkin's previous books, she is donating a portion of the proceeds from "Am I a Unicorn?" to a charity supporting children.