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A Story of Acceptance

Recess is tough without Somebody to play with!

Why is finding a friend to play with so hard? That’s what Someone wants to know! All the other kids in his class have playmates, but not Someone. Without a friend, all Someone can do is watch the fun from the sidelines. Will he ever find Somebody to play with?

Authors Jay and Bodie Ostrowski—a father and son duo—use their delightful and whimsical illustrations to guide young readers through playtime politics, encouraging learning and inviting laughter from children and parents alike.

Jay Ostrowski grew up in Newport, RI and studied at The University of New Hampshire. He moved out to Los Angeles in the early 1990s and has spent the last twenty-five years in film and television production, covering all aspects of the industry from feature films, documentaries, concert films and reality TV. In 2008, he became a father and as a result, fell in love with children's books. He started to dream of how to become an author himself, and in 2011 he and his son Bodie started their writing partnership and have been telling stories ever since.

Bodie Ostrowski is currently in third grade, and co-authored Someone when he was eight years old. He loves sports, going to the beach, and writing stories. Bodie resides in Sherman Oaks, CA with his mom and dad, his sister Lucy, and his dog Rosie.

"Lovely . . . It's become one of my daughters' go-to's."—Adam Levine

"A playful story that teaches children (and adults) a valuable lesson about acceptance and connection. . . . This book is a fun tool for teachers, parents, and caregivers to help children navigate social relationships. We can all learn from Someone about the importance of being open to Anybody and Everybody."—Meredith C. Murphy, Ph.D., Child Psychologist

"Children everywhere will be able to relate to the characters in the story and learn that everyone needs to feel liked and included."—Tracy Winfrey-Edwards, Literacy Supervisor for Montgomery County Public Schools

"Such a great story about learning about acceptance and being included. This book should be in every child’s library!"—Christina K. Broderick, Marymount of Santa Barbara Head of School 

"Refreshingly simple . . . Originally conceptualized during an end of day chat between father and son, the story became a teachable moment as Ostrowski realized the value in understanding how children interact in new settings."—Newport RI