Like Me by Laura Wifler

A young boy recounts a typical day in the life of his family, which includes a younger brother who has physical and mental disabilities.

Like Me: A Story About Disability and Discovering God’s Image in Every Person by Laura Wifler and illustrated by Skylar White. Harvest Kids, 2023. 40 pages.

cover of Like Me

Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 4-8

Recommended For: Ages 4-8

“Just like I need a piano teacher to help me learn the notes, my brother needs therapists to help his body know how to move.”

A young boy narrates a full day in the life of his family, which includes a younger brother who has several disabilities. From the time they get up (and the narrator helps his brother walk to the car), through the brother’s therapy appointment, and all the way to bedtime, the narrator tells readers what their lives look like. This reader thought, “That’s a lot of work!”

Like Me isn’t a story, per se, so much as a way to introduce readers to what a disability can look like and how it can affect family life. The narrative arc simply shows a typical day, but the illustrations help fill in some gaps. People talk about “representation” these days regarding literature; Like Me has plenty of representation of different disabilities (particularly in the spreads related to the therapy session). As such, it will not only encourage young readers who see people struggling with similar issues, but it will open the eyes of those who don’t normally struggle with disability.

Wifler reminds readers that God made each person unique, and each person can glorify God. We must treat each person with dignity and respect. This book would be a good choice for a Sunday school classroom or a Christian school classroom or library; it will also bring up discussion in a home setting.

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5

  • Worldview/Moral Rating: 4.75 out of 5
  • Literary/Artistic Rating: 4 out of 5

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