The Me I Choose To Be (Hardcover)
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2022 Coretta Scott King New Talent Illustrator Award
In this "exquisite" (Shelf Awareness) "affirming" (Kirkus), and "empowering visual essay" (Publishers Weekly) the bestselling author of I Love My Hair! joins forces with the dynamic photography duo behind Glory to create a stunning celebration of the many things you can be!
What will you choose to be?
A free spirit?
A weaver of words?
A star dancing across the night sky?
A limitless galaxy?
The possibilities are endless in this uplifting ode to the power of potential. With lyrical text by bestselling author Natasha Anastasia Tarpley and images by Regis and Kahran Bethencourt—the team behind CreativeSoul Photography—each page of The Me I Choose To Be is an immersive call for self-love that highlights the inherent beauty of all Black and brown children.
About the Author
Natasha Tarpley is the author of the bestselling picture book I Love My Hair!, as well as other acclaimed titles for children and adults. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and numerous other awards and she is the cofounder of Voonderbar! Media, a project seeking to expand the depictions of children of color in media. She lives with her family in Chicago, Illinois. Regis and Kahran Bethencourt are the husband-and-wife duo and the imaginative forces behind CreativeSoul Photography. With more than ten years of working with hundreds of children, families, and brands, they specialize in child and lifestyle photography while incorporating authentic visual storytelling. They live in Atlanta, Georgia.
Praise for The Me I Choose to Be:
A 2021 Shelf Awareness Book of the Year
A 2021 Chicago Public Library Best Picture Book Pick
"Imagination, ingenuity and passion collide on the pages of this inspiring tribute to children of color. The poetic composition from Natasha Anastasia Tarpley (I Love My Hair!; The Harlem Charade) coupled with the ingenious photography of Regis and Kahran Bethencourt (Glory: Magical Visions of Black Beauty) results in an exquisite book that trumpets the magic and unlimited potential of young lives...The Me I Choose to Be is a striking book with a powerful question for everyone: Who is the me you choose to be? "—Jen Forbus, Shelf Awareness
"A mantra-esque refrain unites Tarpley’s rhyming statements throughout, encouraging readers to embrace their multitudes....An empowering visual essay."