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  • Writer's picturePriya Thomas

Marching into Literature: Cultivating Minds with 'Just Ask' by Justice Sonia Sotomayor

It is the beginning of a fresh month, and here at Mindful Pediatrics, we're excited to kick off a new tradition - sharing a delightful book with you each month. Today, we want to delve into the world of literature that not only captivates young minds but also fosters crucial developmental skills. We urge all parents to embrace the magic of reading to their children, for it goes beyond the joy of storytelling; it contributes significantly to their language proficiency, cognitive abilities, discipline, concentration, and the precious bond you share through shared reading time.

Book Recommendation: "Just Ask" by Sonia Sotomayor

This month, our recommendation is "Just Ask" by Sonia Sotomayor, a distinguished Supreme Court justice in the United States. I'm particularly excited to share that this is a signed copy obtained from her a few years ago at the National AAP conference. Let's explore the enchanting world this book unravels.

Excerpt from "Just Ask":

"Gardens are magical places. Thousands of plants bloom together. But every flower, every berry, and every weed is different. Each has a different smell, a different color, a different shape, and a different purpose. Sunflowers need lots of sunlight. Others thrive in the shade. Some have to be trimmed regularly, while others are better off left alone.

Some trees and flowers are more fragile, and others are more hearty. Kids are different too. Some of us are in a hurry, and others take more time. Some of us seem shy and quiet, while others are chatty and loud. Some of our differences are easy to spot; others take longer to notice. Each of us grows in our own way.

So if you are curious about other kids, just ask."

The Benefits of Reading to Your Little Ones:

  1. Language Skills: The rich vocabulary and descriptive language in "Just Ask" provide an excellent platform for enhancing your child's language proficiency.

  2. Cognitive Abilities: The book's exploration of diversity and differences encourages children to think critically, fostering cognitive development.

  3. Discipline and Concentration: The act of sitting down for a shared reading session cultivates discipline and concentration in young minds.

  4. Building Special Bonds: Reading together creates a unique bonding experience, strengthening the connection between parents and children.

This March, let's embark on a literary journey with "Just Ask" by Sonia Sotomayor. Nurture your child's mind, celebrate diversity, and revel in the magical world of gardens and growing, one page at a time. Happy reading!



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