Why Am I Here?
Constance Orbeck-nilssen, Akin Duzakin, illustrator Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, Hardcover $16 (32pp) 978-0-8028-5477-3
Why Am I Here? is a thought-provoking story about a young girl who ponders her place in the world and wonders what it would be like to live in a different climate or perhaps some far-off place ravaged by war or some natural disaster. The book is intended for ages five to nine and offers a valuable opportunity to explore empathy. Soft illustrations depict the girl’s imaginings of different lives and mute some of the harsh realities she considers. The layout includes plenty of white space, which seems to offer a place for each child to imagine other possibilities for their own lives.