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Children's Nonfiction Customs, Traditions, Anthropology

Same Here!

The Differences We Share

by (author) Susan Hughes

illustrated by Sophie Casson

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Apr 2022
Customs, Traditions, Anthropology, General, Daily Activities, Diversity & Multicultural
Recommended Age
8 to 12
Recommended Grade
3 to 12
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2022
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2024
    List Price

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Explore how kids around the world live and the common needs that unite them

Children around the world live different lives from one another—different cultures, different geographic and socio-economic realities, differing access to health and education. Despite these differences, they all share common needs: the need to feel loved and protected, the need to have a place to live, the need to learn, to eat, to play, to share, and to dream for the future.

Grounded in careful and extensive research, this book by best-selling author Susan Hughes introduces readers to kids from around the world and the lives they lead. The child-centered narrative and playful illustrations explore how education, family, free time, and other aspects of daily life look different depending on who you are and where you live.

Perfect for fostering a global worldview, Same Here! encourages kids to draw connections to their own lives while learning about the experiences of others.

About the authors


Susan Hughes
a étudié la littérature anglaise à l'Université de Toronto. Depuis, elle
écrit et publie des livres pour enfants, à la fois des fictions et des
documentaires. Elle habite avec sa famille à Toronto.


Susan Hughes studied English literature at the University of Toronto. She writes both fiction and non-fiction children's books. She lives with her family in Toronto.

Susan Hughes' profile page

SOPHIE CASSON has illustrated The Artist and Me by Shane Peacock, a finalist for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Quelle pagaille! by Danielle Marcotte and Laurence-Aurélie Théroux-Marcotte, a finalist for the Governor General’s Award, and Helen’s Birds by Sara Cassidy. Her highly acclaimed illustrations are inspired by Japanese woodblock prints and World War II–era posters. Sophie’s award-winning work has also appeared in the Globe and Mail, the New York Times, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times and Nature, as well as in the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Sophie lives in Montreal, Quebec.


Sophie Casson's profile page


  • Winner, Skipping Stones Honor Award
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens

Editorial Reviews

"This thoughtful volume will appeal to older readers seeking a snapshot of childhood across the globe."

School Library Journal

"The format combines effective elements of nonfiction picture books built on a narrative voice and the cleanly distilled details of early reference books."

Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database

"A wonderful opportunity for children, youth, and adults to learn about each other, the community, and the world."

Canadian Review of Materials

"In this valuable and celebratory book, [Hughes] takes a careful look at those differences in a child's life as well as the needs that make them the same as all children around the world."

Sal's Fiction Addiction

"Ideal for middle grade readers (and younger readers, too!) interested in accessible informational text that provides snapshots about customs and cultures around the world."


"Topics are presented using nonjudgmental language that emphasizes the positives of each child's situation ... An uplifting look at childhood around the world."


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