Why Not You?

Random. Mar. 2022. 32p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780593374405.
PreS-Gr 2–This book resets readers’ visions of their future selves, whether that future is imminent or off in the distance. A simple construct helps children draw a line between their big dreams and where they are now. The authors’ advice starts with, “Why not you?” and offer career suggestions that include “athlete, author, singer, or the captain of a crew.” The text tells children they are gifted and strong and that they need to persevere through any obstacles. This brightly colored, digitally illustrated picture book is a valuable reminder that all children are special and have what it takes to achieve their dreams. The spreads feature lively scenes with characters of varied skin tones and facial features. The two main characters visible on the cover and throughout the book both have brown skin. The rhyme scheme of the lines makes this a great read-aloud or group read sure to engage all listeners.
VERDICT A beautifully illustrated reminder about one’s own strengths that’s a perfect purchase for libraries.

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