All Because You Matter by Bryan Collier

A lyrical, heart-lifting love letter to Black and brown children anywhere: reminding them how plenty they count, that they’ve always mattered, and they usually will, from powerhouse growing star writer Tami Charles and esteemed, award-winning illustrator Bryan Collier.* “A gem for every household.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review* “Stunning. Powerful. Timely. Illustrated notion at its best.” — Horn Book, starred reviewDiscover this poignant, timely, and emotionally stirring picture e-book, an ode to Black and brown children anywhere this is full of hope, assurance, and love.Tami Charles pens a poetic, lyrical textual content that is part love letter, element anthem, assuring readers that they constantly have, and constantly will, be counted. This powerful, rhythmic lullaby reassures readers that their matter and their really worth is never diminished, irrespective of the circumstance: via the pleasure and surprise of their first steps and first laughs, thru the trouble of adolescent struggles, and the ache and heartbreak of modern events, they usually have, and constantly will, count. Accompanied by illustrations with the aid of renowned artist Bryan Collier, a four-time Caldecott Honor recipient and a nine-time Coretta Scott King Award winner or honoree, All Because You Matter empowers readers with pride, pleasure, and comfort, reminding them in their roots and strengthening them for the times to come.Lyrical, personal, and complete of love, All Because You Matter is for the picture e book target audience what The Hate U Give became for YA and Ghost Boys turned into for middle grade: a conversation starter, a community touchstone, and a deep confirmation of well worth for the young readers who want it most.


As this picture e-book love letter to Black kids everywhere opens, a couple anticipates the birth in their child. “You had been dreamed of,” reads writer Tami Charles’ text, “like a knapsack full of wishes, carried at the backs of your ancestors.” Even the sky knows that this child’s life will matter, as we see a celebrity shoot across the sky within the baby’s honor, a precursor of the celestial symbolism that fills the e book. We follow those identical parents, mainly the boy’s mother, as we examine approximately the milestones within the child’s lifestyles—the baby’s first steps and words, as well as his first encounter with a e book, one that mirrors the boy’s own skin shade and “dreams.”

As the boy grows older, he starts to encounter and question racism, from microaggressions in his study room to injustice and brutality he sees on the news. In one spread, he sits with his grandfather watching reports of huge protests. But web page after page depicts the boy being cherished and supported by way of his own family, and depicts his own family reminding him of his self-worth.

Illustrator Bryan Collier consists of proud Black faces into his remarkably textured collages and employs flower petals as a recurring motif. In a last note, Collier writes that those petal shapes are influenced by way of his grandmother, a quilter who in part raised him. “Did you know which you are the earth?” reads a spread as a flower blooms in the back of the boy, Black faces from each past and the prevailing searching out from vividly coloured petals.

Charles weaves connections between Black children these days and the ancestors who came before them. Boldly, fantastically and cosmologically, it also connects them to the very introduction of the universe itself, driving home how strongly the “strength, power, and beauty” in their lives matter. All Because You Matter is a powerful, poetic manifesto that is required reading for every circle of relatives in America.


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