by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley; art by Regis and Kahran Bethencourt
There is much to admire about this gorgeous, affirming picture book, but the photographic illustrations make it feel truly unique and timely. Regis and Kahran Bethencourt, illustrators of The Me I Choose to Be, have created inspiring portraits of Black children using props, costumes, and special effects. Sure to spark ideas for dress-up and imaginary play, the visual storytelling reflects the poetic text. "I am a planet/ a limitless galaxy/ and I am the me/ I choose to be." The Bethencourts were recognized with the 2022 John Steptoe New Talent Award, which is presented annually by the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee. A picture book with appeal for a wide age range, readers will return to this book and see themselves in it over and over again.
See the Jones Library Antiracism Book List for recommended titles for all ages.