About Us

In 2016 there were 3,400 children’s books published for children.  Only 8.4% of those kids’ books featured an African American main character. 7% featured an Asian  main character, 5% had a Latino main character, and less than 1% featured an American Indian.
Essentially, those stats mean a child is 4 times more likely to see a dinosaur in a picture book than an American Indian and 2 times more likely to see a rabbit than an Asian character. We live in a diverse world. Shouldn’t our children’s stories and books reflect that?
Reading is how we discover who we are and what we can be.  Diverse books help kids define those ideas for themselves.  They make us feel seen, understood, and help build empathy.
We exist to fill that gap. My name is Michelle Person, an educator with more than 15 years of experience, and I am the founder of Just Like Me Books. Just Like Me understands that reading is the cornerstone on which the American dream is built, and that the best way to turn a non-reader into a reader is to provide them with the best books to read   as well as repeated opportunities that are engaging and culturally relevant.  We work directly with parents and educators to increase exposure to more diverse children’s literature, support classroom instruction, and create opportunities to integrate technology, giving kids the skills necessary to be active participants in our global community. The library becomes a place of active exploration and discovery as opposed to a place to passively absorb.
Children cannot achieve what they cannot see. Our goal is to make sure every child has an opportunity to see themselves reflected in literature, because as our motto states, If I can see it I can achieve it!

Mission

JLM is a multimedia production and development company that stresses the importance of literacy, culturally relevant reading material, and active learning experiences. Our mission is to promote a love of reading and increase literacy rates among high-risk readers through an interactive platform that prominently features characters of color.

The lack of representation in kids’ books is an often-overlooked barrier when attempting to try and help kids get reading. Research has shown that the more a child can relate to a particular topic or subject the more engaged in the activity they are likely to be. It promotes a stronger connection and creates a level of excitement to the content that might not otherwise exist. Just Like Me puts a diverse and engaging array of fiction books  in the hands of children. We encourage them to discover and reflect on literature through book clubs and use technology to create and share material on their own terms.

What We Offer

  • Fundraising opportunities for schools and community based groups

  • Collaborative resources to promote literacy engagement through book club implementation and facilitation

  • Interactive literacy workshops for students, educators and authors

  • Professional development workshops

Workshops & Presentations

Learn new and simple ways to enhance traditional instruction without spending thousands of dollars or adopting a new curriculum.

Just Like Me Books provides high-quality professional development opportunities to teachers, principals and other educators alike. Each workshop has practical applications and can be used to support any existing curriculum and improve academic achievement. Workshops are taught by seasoned practitioners, with a wide range of educational experience.

Workshops are open to all educators, including traditional classroom teachers, homeschool parents, scout leaders, center directors, and informal educators.

Topics Include

Representation

Imagine being able to bolster a student’s confidence, combat feelings of inferiority, promote sensitivity to diverse cultures and increase student engagement. It’s quick, it’s free, and it requires virtually no additional work on your part.

Raising Literacy Scores Without Buying a Thing

Use What you Have to Get What You Need

Don’t Stress, ACE That Test!

The trend in national testing is to remove the ability for kids to guess their way to success on state tests. They are being required to provide evidence for how they arrived at their answers. ACE is a strategy to help students when answering questions. ACE helps students with a mnemonic device and framework for responding to questions. 

Remember Through Rhyme

Using Stories and Songs to Build Math Proficiency

Contact Us

We would love to hear from you. Please contact us at 216-323-8951 or fill out the form on the right and we will reach out to you in a timely manner.

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Meet Michelle

Michelle Person, an educator for more than 15 years, is an elementary school principal with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. A former Teach For America corps member and KIPP alum, Michelle is a children’s author, speaker, and provides professional development on increasing student engagement and raising student achievement. 90 minute, half day, full day, and  keynote presentations are available.

Michelle is a member of Independent Book Authors (IBA) and also offers interactive workshops for student groups. In addition to these offerings Michelle is also able to create custom workshops and presentations for the specific needs of YOUR business or organization.

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Together, we can teach our children about literature for THEM!

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