You Are Brave: A Book About Trying New Things (Hardcover)

You Are Brave: A Book About Trying New Things By Margaret O'Hair, Sofia Cardoso (Illustrator), Sofia Sanchez Cover Image

You Are Brave: A Book About Trying New Things (Hardcover)

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An inspiring and inclusive picture book about overcoming the odds from Down syndrome advocate and viral sensation Sofia Sanchez!

Just because you are different, that doesn’t mean you can’t succeed and share your gifts and passion with the world! That is the timely and important message of You Are Brave. This book helps readers learn their own self-worth and encourages kids to overcome obstacles by sticking up for themselves and others, trying new things, and showing the world how brave they are!

This companion picture book to 2021’s You Are Enough and 2023’s You Are Loved focuses on dreaming big and overcoming any obstacles that stand in your way. Sofia has Down syndrome, but she hasn’t let that stop her from becoming a successful model, actress, and activist. Sofia is the perfect person to share You Are Brave's message of encouragement and bravery with kids everywhere.

Sofia Sanchez is a Ukrainian American actress, model, and advocate known for her viral video "Down Syndrome Is Not Scary." The teenager had her acting debut in the TV series Switched at Birth and has also appeared in the films For Paloma and The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, as well as print ads and commercials for Old Navy and Target, among others. Additionally, her adoption story has inspired several picture books with Scholastic, including You Are Enough and You Are Loved. Sofia lives in Northern California with her parents, three older brothers, two dogs, and a cat.

Margaret "Meg" O'Hair is a mom to two kids, a kindergarten teacher, and an award-winning writer. She likes to be on the water -- whether it’s on boats, kayaks, or paddleboards -- with her family and their three Portuguese water dogs, Sailor, Surfer, and Sundance. Meg has been inspired to write books about Sofia from the first day they met, including their picture books You Are Enough and You Are Loved. Meg can be found at margaretohair.com, on Instagram at @margaretohair, and on YouTube at Margaret O’Hair, where she creates fun educational videos for kids.


Sofia Cardoso is an illustrator and designer who specializes in children’s illustration. She currently lives in and creates from Portugal.

Product Details ISBN: 9781339026442
ISBN-10: 1339026449
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Publication Date: April 2nd, 2024
Pages: 40
Language: English

Praise for You Are Brave:

"An encouraging, inclusive invitation to give new activities a whirl." -- Kirkus Reviews

Praise for You Are Loved:

"This extended ode to families is heartwarming and inclusive... Overflowing with fond appreciation." -- Kirkus Reviews

Praise for You Are Enough:

"[An] uplifting look at disability and differences." -- Kirkus Reviews

"[The book's] cheerful exhortations may serve as a source of support and encouragement." -- Publishers Weekly