M Is for Melanin

M Is for Melanin : A Celebration of the Black Child

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"Contagiously upbeat, joyful, and positive . . . [C]herish this book." -Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW "A must-have for any library that is in need of books with positive representation for and about black children, as there is no other alphabet book quite like this one." -School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW "A necessary, uplifting volume that celebrates 'black girl magic' and 'black boy joy.'" -Publishers Weekly M Is for Melanin is an empowering alphabet book that teaches kids their ABCs and celebrates Black children! M is for Melanin
shining in every inch of your skin.
Every shade, every hue.
All beautiful and unique. Each letter of the alphabet contains affirming, Black-positive messages, from A is for Afro, to F is for Fresh, to W is for Worthy. This book teaches children their ABCs while encouraging them to love the skin that they're in. Be bold. Be fearless. BE YOU.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 40 pages
  • 231 x 231 x 10mm | 408g
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1499809166
  • 9781499809169
  • 63,326

Review quote

This is a joyful tribute to, for, and of black children everywhere. It begins with "A is for Afro. Your hair makes a statement. Embrace the bigness of your hair. Pick it. Fluff it. Love it," and ends with "Z is for zillion. There will be a zillion people telling you to do something else or be someone else. Always be your free, talented, quirky, imaginative, melanated self. The world will adjust." The sentences are abundantly sprinkled with rich vocabulary (i.e., vibrant, unleash, remembrance, unapologetically). Each letter is large and filled with a bright, colorful design that mirrors the message. Many statements and individual words are in bold, upper-case letters to add emphasis, such as "NEVER DIMINISH YOUR SHINE" on the page for S. With this debut picture book, the author seeks to represent black children in ways she never experienced in the books she read as a child. The positive, upbeat vibe will no doubt appeal to most children but is especially aimed to inspire black children. A must-have for any library that is in need of books with positive representation for and about black children, as there is no other alphabet book quite like this one.-- "School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW"
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About Tiffany Rose

Tiffany Rose is a left handed illustrator and author. She is currently living and working in Paris, France. She's a lover of coffee, wanderlust, massive curly Afros, and children being their imaginative, quirky, free selves. She is a full time teacher, part time author-illustrator, and world traveler. Rose remembers what it was like as a brown child not seeing herself reflected in the books and characters she loved so dearly and has been inspired to create art and meaningful stories so that underrepresented children can see themselves in books. Pencil in hand, she's changing that percentage one illustration at a time. Find out more about Tiffany at asouthpawdraws.com.
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Rating details

258 ratings
4.55 out of 5 stars
5 66% (171)
4 24% (63)
3 8% (21)
2 1% (2)
1 0% (1)
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