Sotomayor releases 2 new books for young readers

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is out this week with two new books aimed at young readers.

Sotomayor is releasing two autobiographical books: one is a picture book, the other is a version of her 2013 memoir, abridged for middle school-level readers.

The 64-year-old Obama appointee told The Associated Press that her cousin and friend, a bilingual middle school teacher, helped push her to release "The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor,” the adapted version of her 2013 memoir “My Beloved World.” 


Miriam Gonzerelli, Sotomayor's friend, told the AP that some of her students, still learning English, struggled with some of the language in Sotomayor’s 2013 book.

''I wanted them to have access to Sonia's amazing story," Gonzerelli said, adding that her students from Central America are inspired by Sotomayor’s role as the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice.

A Spanish version of the adapted book is expected to be published soon.

"People, I add children, who live in difficult circumstances need to know that happy endings are possible,” Sotomayor said Saturday during an appearance at the Library of Congress's annual National Book Festival, according to the news service.

Sotomayor’s children’s book, “Turning Pages: My Life Story,” tells the story of her life through the books that helped shape her. It will also be published in Spanish.