Completely Me by Justine Green, Ed.D. and illustrated by Ana Luisa Silva
*A portion of the proceeds will be donated to a disability-based charity
Dr. Justine Green's children’s book titled Completely Me is based on her own life, disability, and coming-of-age journey. Completely Me is a powerful story about a little girl who never noticed there was something different about herself, until others pointed it out instead. When she stands up for herself, the people around her learn the important lesson of self-acceptance, that everyone is different in their own unique ways, and that those imperfections are what make you perfect.
Justine Green, Ed.D. is an educator, author, and disability advocate based in Boca Raton, Florida, where she currently serves as the Principal at Tamim Academy. Justine was born with Atresia and Microtia. Microtia is a condition where the outer ear does not develop properly and Atresia is the absence of the ear canal, leaving her deaf in her left ear. Knowing she was different from birth, and boasting three reconstructive surgeries under her belt, Justine learned to read lips and worked hard through school. She used her disability as motivation instead of an excuse, and ultimately found her life’s purpose through these challenges. Her passion for inspiring others moved her to write a story based on her own life, Completely Me, to teach readers to love themselves and others, and that everyone’s imperfections are what make them perfect.
Ana Luísa Silva is a Portuguese multimedia artist specializing in Illustration, 3D Animation and Motion graphics. While she studied Audiovisual, Multimedia and 3D Animation in college, she is a self-taught illustrator who considers drawing her greatest passion. As a visually impaired artist with Congenital Glaucoma, she embodies the Completely Me spirit and was able to successfully provide the perfect complement to accompany the author’s powerful message.