All Because You Matter
by Charles, Tami; Collier, Bryan (ILT)

A lyrical, heart-lifting love letter to Black and Brown children everywhere reminds them how much they matter, that they have always mattered and they always will. Simultaneous eBook. Illustrations.

Tami Charles is a former teacher and full-time author of picture books, middle grade and young adult novels, and nonfiction. As a teacher, she made it her mission to introduce her students to all types of literature, but especially diverse books. While it was refreshing to see a better selection than what she was accustomed to as a child, Tami felt there weren't nearly as many diverse books as she'd hoped for. It was then that she decided to reignite her passion for writing. Tami is the author of middle grade novels Like Vanessa and Definitely Daphne; Becoming Beatriz, a YA novel; and the picture book Freedom Soup.

Bryan Collier loves to paint. He has successfully channeled his creative energy and love of art into an illustrious career as a children's book illustrator and writer. He began painting at the age of 15 and eventually landed a scholarship to attend Pratt Institute in New York. He has won four Caldecott Honors for Rosa by Nikki Giovanni, Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport, Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews, and Dave the Potter by Laban Carack Hill. His first book, Uptown, won the Coretta Scott King Award and the Ezra Jack Keats Award. He has won five more Coretta Scott King Awards and three Coretta Scott King Honors.

In an era where the worth of Black lives is constantly questioned, it only makes sense to affirm and reify the importance, necessity, and inheritance of Black children. That's exactly what this book does, reaching back to generations alive before we were born, reminding Black people that our very existence is the manifestation of our ancestors' dreams. Following the life of a young Black boy from his mother's pregnancy to birth and through childhood, this story is a reminder that even when the world says otherwise-Black lives matter. Beautifully textured collage illustrations reveal both the sacred and difficult moments of growing up Black, while lyrical poetry envelops readers in a soft cadence sure to lull the most active of young readers. Full of potential for use beyond its recommended years, this is a title sure to be frequented by not only Black children but any child looking for a kind word and confidence boost. A natural companion for Grace Byers' I Am Enough (2018) and Derrick Barnes' I Am Every Good Thing (2020). Grades K-3. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Two accomplished creators invite Black children to take up their spaces in the world. Charles‚?? lyrical text addresses ‚??you, dear child,‚?Ě in the voice of a loving caregiver, recounting how the world anticipated and prepared for the child‚??s existence. The child was ‚??dreamed of, / like a knapsack / full of wishes / carried on the backs / of your ancestors,‚?Ě who worked and built, ‚??because to them, / you always mattered.‚?Ě The word ‚??matter‚?Ě is used in both ways: as a noun, as the child is made up of the same stuff that makes up the universe, and as a verb, because ‚??strength, power and beauty / lie within,‚?Ě even though the world will sometimes make the child question whether ‚??they, / or you, / will ever matter.‚?Ě The universe made room for ‚??you, / your people, / their dreams, / your future,‚?Ě Charles assures the child. The protesters (‚??take a breath, / take a stand, / take a knee‚?Ě) and victims of racist violence (‚??Trayvon, / Tamir, / Philando‚?Ě) are mentioned explicitly without becoming the focus; the journey from beginning to end of the book sends a message that is nurturing, nourishing, loving, and reassuring, expanding and deepening the words of the movement it echoes. Collier‚??s trademark paint-and-collage illustrations use petal shapes with patterns and faces, blue and brown hues, and family scenes and close-ups to embody the child‚??s growth within affectionate circles of family, community, and universe. A gem for every household. (author's note, illustrator's note) (Picture book. 5-10) Copyright Kirkus 2020 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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