“Like a paper chain made of every single color we link up to level up and aspire to go higher and higher…Won’t you be a link in our paper chain for change?"
'Just Like Me' by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, the author of 'Grandma’s Purse', is written just as beautifully as it is illustrated. Inside is a collection of poetry filled with engaging mini stories about girls of all kinds: girls who feel happy, girls who feel sad, girls who feel scared, girls who feel powerful, girls who love their bodies and girls who don’t, country girls, city girls, girls who love their mothers, and girls who wish they had a father. With bright portraits in Vanessa’s signature style of vibrant colors and unique patterns, this book invites readers to find themselves and each other within its pages and to celebrate all the different types of girls of humanity.
Vanessa is a self-taught illustrator, doll maker, and crafter who studied fashion illustration and children’s book illustration. She has illustrated many children’s books. Vanessa celebrates self-love and acceptance of all cultures through her work, and hopes to inspire young readers to find their own voices. She wants all children to see their unique experiences reflected in the books they read. Watch the author read the book here.
As she writes in her poem “All in Together Girls”, “We all belong to the human race, If we view each other with amazing grace our America would be such a great place."
This book is beautiful, inspiring and uplifting. The poems are unique and powerful messages and the illustrations change throughout the book featuring girls of all ages and ethnicities. I especially love the poem “I Love My Body” that talks about crazy hair and freckles. It teaches girls how to celebrate their differences and find their own inner light.
"Simple, upbeat, and affirming—a great reminder of what is to be gained when girls appreciate their own uniqueness and that of others. A dynamic, uplifting, and welcoming world of girls.” —Kirkus Reviews
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