Book Review: “I Just Am” #DownSyndrome

by Carrie with Children with comments closed

There was such a great response last month when I shared some of our favorite books featuring kids with Down syndrome.  It seems like not many people knew these types of books even existed… and to be honest, I didn’t know either until Molly was born!

I recently learned of another fantastic book, “I Just Am: A Story of Down Syndrome Awareness and Tolerance“, written by Bryan and Tom Lambke. This father/son team shares Bryan story and the message that while he may have a disability, he’s just like any other  person…. he has dreams, goals and enjoys life to the fullest.

I Just Am Book Down Syndrome Awareness

The pictures in this book are from Bryan’s own collection.  It’s a beautiful book filled with black and white pictures of Bryan doing every day things – riding a bike, swimming, hanging out with his friends.  The words he wrote are simple, but extremely powerful and moving.

Besides Bryan’s inspirational words, the book has a great resources section – filled with facts/figures and general information.  I was also interested to see the Introduction to the book was written by Cheryl Rogers-Barnett, daughter of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans.  The famous couple had a young daughter, Robin, that was born with Down syndrome at died at the age of two years old.

I Just Am Down Syndrome Awareness Book

This book is certainly one that I’ll treasure as Molly grows older.  It gives me hope and makes me smile just thinking about all of the fun things Molly is going to experience when she grows up!

 “I have a disability,” says Bryan. “It is not my fault. I just am.”

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** I received this book for the purpose of this review.  Thoughts and opinions here are 100% my own and not influenced by others. **