Raising children in a multiracial family is a constant lesson in learning how to celebrate our differences. Owlkids Books has titles that can help kids discover their own uniqueness. We are excited to be reviewing Beautiful You, Beautiful Me by Tasha Spillet-Sumner.
My son was asked to read a few titles from Owlkids that touch on various topics. Each of these books share a different message to help open the world to them from numerous points of view. You can read our book review of Revenge of the Raccoons!
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Owlkids Books is a Toronto-based award-winning independent book publisher for readers aged 0-14 years-old. They love making books that help kids to find a love of reading and to learn about the world around them.
Spillet-Sumner’s Beautiful You, Beautiful Me is an enchanting book about Izzy. She is an Afro-Indigenous girl who is beginning to notice that she and her mom look different in many ways. Izzy becomes confused with why she and her mom don’t look the same. With guidance from her mother, Izzy begins to see how these differences make her special, and how it also connects them beyond their physical traits.
BEAUTIFUL YOU, BEAUTIFUL ME BOOK REVIEW
Spillet-Sumner shared Izzy’s story in an endearing and gentle manner. The language she chose to use is simple for many children to understand. Spillet-Sumner also depicts situations that many parents and their children share together to help young readers find similarities with how they connect with their parents.
Salini Perera brought Spillet-Sumner’s words to life with her warm and loving illustrations. Perera’s use of bright yet cozy colours add to the words on each page. It was sweet to see how close Izzy and her mom were throughout the pages. I could feel every caring smile, hug, and touch between these two characters.
A WARM HUG FOR BEAUTIFUL YOU, BEAUTIFUL ME
My son and I loved reading Beautiful You, Beautiful Me . We found we were a lot like Izzy and her mom. He was able to relate with Izzy and her confusion. He asks me many questions about our physical differences, as well as how he is different from everyone else in our family.
Beautiful You, Beautiful Me also helped him feel less alone in his feelings about being a member of a multiracial family. My son could see that there are many children who have the same questions he did. He also learned to find his own uniqueness in his differences.
We would gladly recommend Beautiful You, Beautiful Me. This title is going to become one of the books to read together. Its tender nature would also lend itself to making a great bedtime story for kids. I really loved how it allows for children to read to learn how to discover and express their identity and what makes them special.
Disclaimer: I was given this book by Owlkids Books to write this review. The views I shared are my own.