Black Girls: A Celebration of You!

HarperCollins. Sept. 2023. 40p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780063205314.
PreS-Gr 1–The ultimate “If you can dream it, be it,” picture book for little Black girls everywhere. With depictions of various skin types (including vitiligo), body shapes and sizes, and hair colors and textures, this book is a wonderful exercise in representing all Black girls no matter their location, interests, or familial circumstances. “Black girls, a field of wildflowers—ombre beiges, golds, and browns. Each shade bursts forth, magnificent! Black beauty abounds.” The illustrations are colorful and engaging, and demonstrate the link between the everyday girl playing outside to the extraordinary women who led the way. Parents and teachers may recognize, and utilize, the opportunity to share the legacies of Ruby Bridges, Madame C.J. Walker, Mae Jamison, Shirley Chisolm, Bessie Coleman, and others.
VERDICT Told in rhyme with a consistent beat throughout, this book makes for an excellent addition to any read-aloud collection for young students.

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