Cover image for M is for Melanin : a celebration of the black child.
Title:
M is for Melanin : a celebration of the black child.
ISBN:
9781499809169
Edition:
1st ed.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Summary:
Each letter of the alphabet contains affirming, Black-positive messages, from A is for Afro, to F is for Fresh, to W is for Worthy. This book teaches children their ABCs while encouraging them to love the skin that they're in.
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"Contagiously upbeat, joyful, and positive . . . [C]herish this book." - Kirkus Reviews , STARRED REVIEW

"A must-have for any library that is in need of books with positive representation for and about black children, as there is no other alphabet book quite like this one." - School Library Journal , STARRED REVIEW

" A necessary, uplifting volume that celebrates 'black girl magic' and 'black boy joy.'" - Publishers Weekly

M Is for Melanin is an empowering alphabet book that teaches kids their ABCs and celebrates Black children!

M is for Melanin
shining in every inch of your skin.
Every shade, every hue.
All beautiful and unique.

Each letter of the alphabet contains affirming, Black-positive messages, from A is for Afro, to F is for Fresh, to W is for Worthy. This book teaches children their ABCs while encouraging them to love the skin that they're in.

Be bold. Be fearless. BE YOU.


Author Notes

Tiffany Rose is a left handed illustrator and author. She is currently living and working in Paris, France. She's a lover of coffee, wanderlust, massive curly Afros, and children being their imaginative, quirky, free selves. She is a full time teacher, part time author-illustrator, and world traveler. Rose remembers what it was like as a brown child not seeing herself reflected in the books and characters she loved so dearly and has been inspired to create art and meaningful stories so that underrepresented children can see themselves in books. Pencil in hand, she's changing that percentage one illustration at a time. Find out more about Tiffany at asouthpawdraws.com.


Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K--This is a joyful tribute to, for, and of black children everywhere. It begins with "A is for Afro. Your hair makes a statement. Embrace the bigness of your hair. Pick it. Fluff it. Love it," and ends with "Z is for zillion. There will be a zillion people telling you to do something else or be someone else. Always be your free, talented, quirky, imaginative, melanated self. The world will adjust." The sentences are abundantly sprinkled with rich vocabulary (i.e., vibrant, unleash, remembrance, unapologetically). Each letter is large and filled with a bright, colorful design that mirrors the message. Many statements and individual words are in bold, upper-case letters to add emphasis, such as "NEVER DIMINISH YOUR SHINE" on the page for S. With this debut picture book, the author seeks to represent black children in ways she never experienced in the books she read as a child. The positive, upbeat vibe will no doubt appeal to most children but is especially aimed to inspire black children. VERDICT A must-have for any library that is in need of books with positive representation for and about black children, as there is no other alphabet book quite like this one.--Maggie Chase, Boise State University, ID


Publisher's Weekly Review

Rose's A--Z affirmation of black children sings with inclusivity and zest. Alongside letters presented in different bold design--the A for "afro" is studded with picks, combs, and brushes--language works to inspire confidence and pride: "Be you. Love you. Always. All ways," "Acknowledge your majesty and act accordingly." References to black leaders--Obama ("Our first black president") and Malcolm X ("Activist. Leader. Revolutionary")-- occur alongside calls for children to define and be themselves, and to "SPEAK OUT for what is right./SPEAK UP when others are silent." Loose, joyful illustrations feature groups of children with a variety of skin tones and hair colors as figures full of verve dance, play, and create, mirroring the note at the end: "No matter your hue or shade. This is for you." A necessary, uplifting volume that celebrates "black girl magic" and "black boy joy." Ages 3--6. (Oct.)


Kirkus Review

"Melanated" children get an ABC book to make them proud in Rose's colorful debut.A is for "Afro.Pick it, fluff it, love it." B is for "very Black. Be it unapologetically." C is for "Creative. Paint the canvas of your life with the colors of the rainbow. Sprinkle your Black Girl Magic and Black Boy Joy on the world." Each large letter is itself a work of art, filled with patterns, colors, and themes that frequently directly relate to the word represented. Children of various hues populate each page, pictured at about one-third the size of the letters, enacting the word in some way. They sing, they dance, they march, they wear crowns, they pretend, they dream, they smile at their reflections in the mirror. A few famous names are featuredObama for O, and Malcolm X for X. The white space is splattered with what looks like watercolor paints, in different colors on each spread. Each child pictured is unique, with all sorts of hairstyles and hair colors and skin tones that range from the deepest black to albino and everything in between, including several with vitiligo. Contagiously upbeat, joyful, and positive, this artistic alphabet book is also a series of affirmations for young black children, who will beg to read it again and again.From "Empowerment" to "Worthy," "Genuine" to "You," there are more than 26 reasons to cherish this book. (Picture book. 3-8) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.