Be, Black Girl, Be

HarperCollins/­Balzer + Bray. Jun. 2024. 32p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780063119741.
PreS-Gr 3–A brown-skinned girl with her hair in twists and barrettes rests on the grass. She’s accompanied by the message “Be, Black girl, Be.” Beyond the first pages are even more words of encouragement for Black girls: messages to embrace everything that makes you who you are, dance to the beat of your own drum, and stay grounded. There’s also the reminder that Black women and the other adults in the girls’ lives will be there to provide guidance and support. There are no limits to what can be accomplished. It’s a simple but powerful message celebrating and encouraging all Black girls, including those with different skin tones and/or vitiligo, gracing every page. Their hairstyles range from those twists to flowing free and everything in between. There are also girls shown wearing hijabs. Beautifully colored multimedia illustrations depict girls happily playing together and perhaps even pursuing their dreams.
VERDICT A gorgeous message of encouragement for Black girls; a great choice for any library’s collection.

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