M Is for Melanin: A Celebration of the Black Child

Tiffany Rose. Little Bee, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-4998-0916-9
Rose’s A–Z affirmation of black children sings with inclusivity and zest. Alongside letters presented in different bold design—the A for “afro” is studded with picks, combs, and brushes—language works to inspire confidence and pride: “Be you. Love you. Always. All ways,” “Acknowledge your majesty and act accordingly.” References to black leaders—Obama (“Our first black president”) and Malcolm X (“Activist. Leader. Revolutionary”)— occur alongside calls for children to define and be themselves, and to “SPEAK OUT for what is right./SPEAK UP when others are silent.” Loose, joyful illustrations feature groups of children with a variety of skin tones and hair colors as figures full of verve dance, play, and create, mirroring the note at the end: “No matter your hue or shade. This is for you.” A necessary, uplifting volume that celebrates “black girl magic” and “black boy joy.” Ages 3–6. (Oct.)
Reviewed on : 09/11/2019
Release date: 10/01/2019
Genre: Children's
Board Books - 30 pages - 978-1-4998-1205-3
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