What better way to create change than by educating the youngest members of the household? This is the premise of “Just Help! How to Build a Better World,” the new book by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
The children’s book focused on teaching civic participation in everyday life is a tribute to Celina Baez, Sotomayor’s mother, who passed away last year.
“People think about civic participation as just limited to being an elected official … or maybe the people who go into the military,” Sotomayor said in an interview with “TODAY” host Savannah Guthrie. “Kids, and many adults, don’t realize that public service is not just those big acts of getting elected and making changes that way. But it’s the little things each of us do every day to improve our communities.”
“Just Ask!” is Sotomayor’s third book, which features illustrations by Angela Dominguez and offers young readers a glimpse into the community where Sotomayor was born and raised.
As NBC recalls, the Supreme Court Justice grew up in a housing project a few blocks from Yankee Stadium. Since she was 7, Sotomayor faced life-threatening juvenile diabetes, poverty, and a single-parent home after her father’s death.
Her resilience and intelligence led her to Princeton, Yale Law School, and eventually becoming the first Hispanic judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Her latest book is a tribute to her mother and an invitation to all children to create a better world.
“Changes in the world don’t always happen in giant leaps. It takes every one of us purposely looking at the world around us and say, how do I make it better?” Sotomayor said about her book. “If we each did that, we would be living in a better world.”