Press Release

January 7, 2021
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Author's new book continues to gain awards.

LitPick announces the review of  "I Am Sam" by Rodney James, currently available at

LitPick awards "I Am Sam" with both a Five-Star Review and prestigious Top Choice Book Review.

Sam, the main character in I Am Sam, written and illustrated by Rodney James, has always known he was different from the rest of his family. He couldn’t fly as early as his siblings and was much larger than them. Even though Sam knew his family loved him despite his differences, he felt that he needed to find out who he really was and embarked on a journey of self- discovery. Along the way Sam met many animals - owls, lizards, dogs, turtles, elephants, and pelicans - who all tried to help him figure out who he was. With the help of his animal friends, will Sam discover his true self? Will his family accept him just how he is?


I Am Sam by Rodney James is a picture book that is both thought-provoking and informational. I love the way this book is full of life lessons that are easy for children to understand. The book’s most prominent lesson was the importance of acceptance, taught through the love Sam’s family had for him and through Sam embracing who he was rather than trying to hide his differences to be like the rest of his family. Not only does this teach children to be kind and accepting towards people who are different than themselves, it also teaches them to accept themselves for who they are and not try to change themselves to fit in with the people around them. There were two things that made this book unique from most other children's picture books. First was the pictures, which were very realistic-looking compared to the usual bright colored cartoon-like pictures found in many other picture books. Second, the author included informational pages at the end of his book which provide photographs, scientific information, and fun facts about all the animals Sam met on his journey. This is a great resource for readers who are interested in learning about animals. I believe that I am Sam has a message of acceptance that will resonate with young readers. Sam’s story of self-discovery will leave readers thinking about what makes them unique and even asking themselves “who am I?”. I would recommend this book to young readers ages 5-10.

Press Release

November 4, 2020
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Author's new book receives a warm literary welcome.

Readers' Favorite announces the review of the Children - Animals book "I Am Sam" by Rodney James, currently available at

Readers' Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the "Best Websites for Authors" and "Honoring Excellence" awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.

"Reviewed By Marta Tandori for Readers' Favorite

A journey of self-discovery forms the basis of this wonderful first chapter book, I Am Sam, by Rodney James. Sam has always felt different from the rest of his family, resulting in some awkwardness between them. It doesn’t help that he’s a bit clumsy and three times the size of his siblings, although to be fair, Sam is also the best fish catcher in the village. Sam knows that his mother and the rest of his family love him but he’s determined to figure out why he’s different so one day, he says goodbye to his family and sets out on an epic journey to discover who he is. Sam is soon meeting new creatures like owls and lizards along the way but it isn’t until he meets two dogs, George and Harley, whose job it is to guard the local zoo where they live that Sam’s journey comes to an abrupt end…

I Am Sam is a really great book for young children that introduces the concept that not everyone looks the same or acts the same as everyone else. This will obviously raise a host of questions in young children that may be difficult for parents to answer as their children’s innate sense of curiosity and discovery evolves. Rodney James’ book shows children that there are no easy answers and that each one of us is a combination of many elements. I Am Sam also introduces children to a host of different animals living in their own unique habitats. Most of all, the book sends a positive message, teaching children the importance of acceptance. The picture book is divided into chapters based on the animals Sam comes across in his journey. The narrative is age-appropriate and direct; the images colorful and whimsical. I Am Sam is a must-have book that parents and children should read together as it introduces a valuable life lesson that is sure to incite meaningful discussions."

You can learn more about Rodney James and "I Am Sam" at where you can read reviews and the author’s biography, as well as connect with the author directly or through their website and social media pages.

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