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REPEAT AFTER ME by Jazmyn Simon


Big Things To Say Every Day

by Jazmyn Simon & Dulé Hill ; illustrated by Shamar Knight-Justice

Pub Date: May 2nd, 2023
ISBN: 978-0-593-42697-5
Publisher: Random House

Actors, married couple, and parents Simon and Hill offer affirmations that center Black and brown children.

The book begins with a note explaining that the authors wrote this book “to help our children see themselves as they truly are: spectacular.” Each spread contains a declaration and a short poem along with vibrant and imaginative artwork. “I am WORTHY”—an adult gently tosses a smiling child into the air. “I am DESERVING”—another child reclines by the pool, a bowl of ice cream on their lap and a glass of lemonade on the table beside them. “I am BRAVE”—a child invites a solitary classmate to sit with them and their friends. “I am STRONG”—a child plays on a jungle gym. Simon and Hill advise parents to have their children repeat these statements back to them to foster self-love. The verse is warm and encouraging, reminding little ones of their worth. Depicting scenes ranging from birthday parties to playgrounds to fields of flowers, Knight-Justice’s digital illustrations have a collagelike look, incorporating written text and bits of sheet music; they have a DIY feel that may inspire kids to create their own art—a nice reflection of the book’s theme of empowerment. (This book was reviewed digitally.)

Will help instill much-needed feelings of self-worth in little ones.

(Picture book. 4-8)