Reviews for I am me : a book of authenticity

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A celebration of difference, connection, and community. Verde and Reynolds continue their “I Am” picture books with this installment encouraging individuality. A nameless child with brown skin and tight purple curls leads the way. Throughout, a silver remote-control dog, an orange cat, a lion, and another nameless person, with brown skin and a larger body frame, weave in and out alongside statements such as “Difference is what makes life beautiful and miraculous.” Caregivers may want to encourage little ones to spot the characters as they read or listen—a straightforward way to engage alongside the high-level messages of the book. The primary character grows to care and ultimately declare love for the other human character—which could be read as deep friendship or romantic love. “I” statements dominate the text, offering conversation starters. Statements like “I can surround myself with those who see me, stand up for me, and support me” may require longer explanations or discussion. These are balanced by simpler declarations like “I can dance to my own rhythm any time I want to move and groove.” Text and illustrations, featuring graceful, energetic linework, will draw a wide audience. The content will be most meaningful for children who need the confidence boost offered to stay true to themselves while still seeking positive relationships. (This book was reviewed digitally.) Predictably upbeat and inviting. (author’s note with meditation instructions) (Picture book. 4-7) Copyright © Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.