Be You! (L.O.L. Surprise!)

Random. (Step into Reading). Jan. 2023. 32p. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9780593571323; pap. $5.99. ISBN 9780593571316.
Gr 1-3–The L.O.L. Surprise squad includes friends who look different, but those differences in skin tone, hobbies, and style unite them into a supportive group. Diversity makes them all beautiful. “This squad can be as different as punk and pop, neon and pastel, or fire and water. But one thing stays the same...They are friends forever!” Rather than a storyline, this book provides young girls with positive affirmations about their outward appearance and inner selves. Beginning readers will find this theme easy to follow in large-size print. The characters are drawn in bright, vibrant colors that are well-balanced against the pastel backgrounds.
VERDICT Pair with similar books for young girls, including Vera Brosgol’s Memory Jars, Yamile Saied Méndez’s What Will You Be?, and Elana K. Arnold’s “Starla Jean” series.

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