Your Special Voice

Little ­Simon. Dec. 2022. 24p. Board $8.99. ISBN 9781665912280.
PreS-K–The unique talents and infinite potential of each child are celebrated in this empowering board book. Rhyming text directly addresses readers, noting that they can make a difference and change the world but may not know where to start. To effect change, readers are encouraged to look inwards and listen to the words in their hearts that can become their special voice. This voice can manifest in many ways, from whispering a kind word to a friend to leading a rally; each voice is unique and can inspire others to use their special voices. Adamolekun’s effervescent text puts forth the idea that even the youngest child can advocate for positive change, while Okafor’s bright, vibrant illustrations reinforce the message by depicting children of varying skin tones, ages, and hair styles. While there is nothing new or groundbreaking to be found here, this is a satisfactory choice for guiding children to become conscious of their passions and implementing change. Pair with Sophie Beer’s Change Starts with Us for a duo of board books on the topic of individuals making a difference.
VERDICT A recommended purchase for larger collections.

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