I Am Enough

by Grace Byers

Other authorsKeturah A. Bobo (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 2018

Status

Request

Call number

813.6

Description

This is a gorgeous, lyrical ode to loving who you are, respecting others, and being kind to one another—from Empire actor and activist Grace Byers and talented newcomer artist Keturah A. Bobo.

This is the perfect gift for mothers and daughters, baby showers, and graduation.

We are all here for a purpose. We are more than enough. We just need to believe it.

Collection

Publication

Balzer Bray (2018), 32 pages

Description

A New York Times bestseller and Goodreads Choice Awards picture book winner! This is a gorgeous, lyrical ode to loving who you are, respecting others, and being kind to one another--from Empire actor and activist Grace Byers and talented newcomer artist Keturah A. Bobo. This is the perfect gift for mothers and daughters, baby showers, and graduation. We are all here for a purpose. We are more than enough. We just need to believe it.

User reviews

LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
A celebration of young girls, their many gifts and abilities, and their relations with one another, I Am Enough pairs a poetic text from actress Grace Byers with gorgeous artwork from debut illustrator Keturah A. Bobo.

Although I am not always a fan of celebrity-authored children's books, and am sometimes skeptical about the ethical clarity of titles meant to inculcate self-esteem (I sometimes feel they emphasize feeling at the expense of ethics), I nevertheless really enjoyed I Am Enough. I found the narrative engaging and thought-provoking, and appreciated the way it emphasized the good qualities of a diverse range of girls, rather than just one, and highlighted the way those girls interacted with one another. I also really enjoyed the artwork, which I found just beautiful. This is Keturah A. Bobo's debut, and I certainly hope to see more from her! Recommended to anyone looking for excellent new picture-books addressing the themes of self esteem, and mutual respect and kindness.… (more)
LibraryThing member nbmars
This book for very young children is one of affirmation focusing on a rainbow selection of little girls, who, however, do seem uniformly to be on the affluent side. In any event, each page offers an uplifting simile, such as “Like the sun, I’m here to shine,” and “Like the voice, I’m here to sing.” Some of the similes will require a lot of creativity for a parent to interpret: “Like the rain, I’m here to pour and drip and fall until I’m full,” and “Like the water, here to swell. Like the fire, here to burn.”

The text vacillates between banal and bizarre, but the illustrations by Keturah A. Bobo are terrific. In an interview on "The Brown Bookshelf," she stated:

“As an artist it is my duty to make art that inspires, uplifts, and advocates for my community. Nothing is more important in my art than this.”

Evaluation: The messages are intended as positive, and even kids who don’t yet read will love the images of all different kinds of young girls.
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LibraryThing member Linyarai
This was beyond beautiful, it was perfect and everyone needs to read it.
LibraryThing member mxa107
This book is a great story to read to elementary school students and even middle schoolers. It has a lot of takeaway messages filled with positive affirmations and self acceptance. Hopefully, after students listen to the story, they will be enlightened and learn to accept others, too. Although the main character is a brown-skinned little girl, many students can relate to her. In addition, she is pictured along with children of other races.… (more)
LibraryThing member alana.chvostovsky
I love this story because it can be hard for our students of color to feel like they fit in sometimes, but this books tells the story of a young African American girl who is enough and explains all of the things she can do.

Language

Original language

English

ISBN

0062667122 / 9780062667120
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