Beautiful You, Beautiful Me (FNCR 2023)

SKU: 9781771474528

Tasha Spillett-Sumner
Grade Levels:
One, Two, Three
Book Type:
Owl Kids Books
Copyright Date:

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Written by Tasha Spillett-Sumner, an Inninewak (Cree) and Trinidadian award-winning poet and author; and illustrated by Salini Perera.

Izzy’s favorite place to be is in Mama’s arms—skin to skin, safe and warm. One night, cuddled up on Mama’s lap, Izzy notices something she’s never noticed before: her skin is the colour of chocolate, but Mama’s skin is the colour of sand.

When Izzy realizes she’s different from Mama in other ways, too, she feels sad and confused. She wants to be beautiful like Mama! But Mama addresses Izzy’s disappointment with a gentle, loving refrain: You’re part of me, and I’m part of you. I’m beautiful like me, and you’re beautiful like you. Finding lessons from nature and repeating her affirming message, Mama encourages Izzy to see her own unique beauty.

This story about a multiracial child navigating identity and belonging draws from author Tasha Spillett-Sumner’s own experience growing up as an Afro-Indigenous girl. Lyrical text and warm, lively illustrations show Izzy’s journey as she learns to celebrate the differences that make her uniquely beautiful, and the connection to her mother that transcends physical traits.

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