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The Only Me

I’m so lucky to be hosting a spot on the THE ONLY ME by Marissa Bader Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway! 

About the Book

cover of the only me book by Marissa Bader


Author: Marissa Bader

Illustrator: Arlene Soto

Pub. Date: August 25, 2022

Publisher: Marissa Bader

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 35

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle

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Stella and Paige are 7-year-old fraternal twins who don’t look alike and have very different personalities and interests. Yet even so, people constantly compare them or comment about how strange it is that they’re not more similar. This has Stella frustrated. They may be twins, but that doesn’t make them the same person.

Stella wishes people would see her for who she is, and not just as “Stella and Paige” or as “one of the twins.” All of the comparing and contrasting leaves Stella confused about her own identity—who is she outside of her sibling relationship? She also wonders if perhaps she doesn’t measure up to her sister, Paige.

Can Stella find a way to accept and value herself for who she is, and realize that she and Paige can each be their own, special and unique people, and still be twins?

  • Perfect for kids who are trying to find where they belong.
  • Not just for twins; The Only Me teaches the importance of honoring, accepting and celebrating our differences and unique selves in all kinds of relationships.
  • Great resource to help young readers understand their value and worth.
  • Helpful for kids struggling with identity and self-esteem challenges.
  • Ideal for ages 4-8 (or even 4-10).

Reviews for The Only Me

“This book is so fabulous to point out that we are all unique and different in our own special way. Truly such a helpful book for young readers to understand we are all different, we all have our strengths and that our kids can shine in their own special light. I love how this book also teaches young readers of acceptance, inclusion, confidence and growth. Very well written and a positive message and reminder to all!” – Sarajane, parent of two

“The Only Me is a sweet story about a girl named Stella exploring her identity and finding her strengths. As a twin, she feels like she is constantly compared to her sister and sometimes feels less than. She realizes that she has her own identity and with that her own special gifts to offer the world. Kids of all ages will see parts of themselves in her and will love reading this story. Her voice sounds like any young child’s and will be relatable for many little ones. A great story with a great lesson.”
– Dana, parent of two and teacher

“A beautifully written, kid-friendly story that so eloquently reminds all of us of our own extraordinary uniqueness. It’s a book that I could read over and over to both my children and for myself — empowering humans of all ages to celebrate and embrace our differences.” – Michelle, parent of two and therapist

They Love It!

“Marissa Bader’s book is the ultimate endorsement for embracing difference and celebrating children’s unique selves.” – Kathleen West, parent and author

Reading this made me light up and smile! Being a mom of 4 girls, two different ages and then a set of identical twins, this just hits home. I love how the author gave examples of things each child succeeds at. This is such a useful book to teach my girls how they are all unique in their own way. I am so excited for bedtime with this book!” – Michelle, parent of 4 (twins and two singletons)

What an adorable book with super cute illustrations. The author’s writing style is compassionately frustrated – I don’t even know if that is a thing but it sounds good – It’s easy to understand why poor Stella is so upset. She battles with comparisons until (you don’t think I’m going to drop a spoiler on you, do you?) The remarkable lesson of accepting yourself and to never compare, came across loud and clear. I agree it’s not only a book for twins – but for anyone who is breathing.” – Kim Wilch, One More Exclamation

About the Author

Marissa Bader is a Minneapolis-based writer who loves writing about mental health and parenthood, and currently serves as the Twins Editor and mental health writer at Lucie’s List (a survival guide for new parents). Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including Psychology Today, HuffPost Parents and, to name a few. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Marissa’s first children’s book, The Only Me, debuts August, 2022. When not writing, Marissa enjoys dancing, being outdoors and spending time with her husband and their three daughters, a set of twins and their singleton big sister.

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About the Illustrator

Arlene Soto is the owner of Intricate Designs. She is an illustrator, formatter, graphic and web designer based in Denver, CO. Her background is in Fine Art, and has a BFA in Sustainable Interior Design. Arlene has been happily working with children’s book authors to bring their stories to life through art and design. She aims to focus her portfolio on projects that center on diversity and inclusivity.

Arlene is also a homeschooling mother to three girls and along with her husband they garden, have chickens, 2 dogs, and a cat to complete their wonderfully busy life.

 Website | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads 

Giveaway Details for The Only Me

2 winners will receive a finished copy of THE ONLY ME, US Only.

Ends September 6th, midnight EST.

Enter here and GOOD LUCK to you!

book blog tour schedule

The Only Me Blog Tour

Week One:

8/23/22BookHounds YA 
8/24/22Lisa-Queen of Random
8/26/22Nonbinary Knight Reads

Week Two:

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