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REVIEW: I Am Enough by Grace Byers

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Title: I Am Enough

Author: Grace Byers

Illustrator: Keturah A. Bobo

Published: March 6, 2018

Theme:  Self Love and Empowerment

Character Origin: Human

Book Type: Picture Book | Pages: 32

Ages: 4-8 | Book Level: — | Lexile Measure:

Synopsis:   Am Enough is the picture book everyone needs, and it’s now a New York Times bestseller and the picture book winner in the Goodreads Choice Awards!

This is a gorgeous, lyrical ode to loving who you are, respecting others, and being kind to one another—from Empire actor and activist Grace Byers and talented newcomer artist Keturah A. Bobo.

This is the perfect gift for mothers and daughters, baby showers, and graduation.

We are all here for a purpose. We are more than enough. We just need to believe it.

My thoughts…

This book is EVERYTHING! I am simply in LOVE with the cover. The proses are beautifully written and splendidly conveys self-love and empowerment. I see why this is an NYT bestseller. The size of the text and word choice makes it easy for a young reader to read and understand. This book could be enjoyed either as a read aloud or as an independent read. The reader will be left feeling empowered and with a growing sense of self. This is truly a great book for brown girls. It will remind them that despite the challenges of their households or neighborhoods, they are enough.

Bobo’s cover art is simple yet extraordinary. Brown girls will gravitate toward this book because they see someone that looks like them. The illustrations against the white background simply jump off the pages. I love the diversity of the characters and hairstyles (really cool!). Bobo tells her own story with these beautiful paintings. The text and imagery elevate the literary game. Simple is sometimes best. I’m adding this gem to my bookshelf and you should too. I challenge Title I teachers to request this be added to their classroom and library inventories.

My rating…


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