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I AM MORE THAN by LeBron James


by LeBron James ; illustrated by Niña Mata

Pub Date: April 2nd, 2024
ISBN: 9780063306608
Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins

NBA superstar James follows up his New York Times–bestselling I Promise (2020) with another inspirational picture book.

“When they ask me who I am and what it is I do, I say I can do anything because I know it’s true.” The diverse youngsters in this book are a confident bunch who know they’re capable of anything. A Black child who uses a wheelchair throws a basketball in the air before opening up a laptop: “I can dribble and I can code; either way I’ve got game.” A light-skinned child paints a mural: “I create new worlds with the swish of a brush, and I rally for change.” A Black child holds a microphone surrounded by musical notes while a pair of pups look on happily: “I rhyme about a brighter tomorrow.” Other kids dance across tightropes, plant a garden, and read. The empowering affirmations feature action verbs: “I’ll reach my goals,” “I will succeed,” “I can climb the highest mountains.” Images of smiling children set against swirling, vibrant backgrounds give the book an exuberant, uplifting feel. Backmatter includes an author’s note from James and an image of an empty picture frame—encouragement for readers to draw their own self-portraits.

Interactive, fun, and motivating.

(Picture book. 3-8)