A celebration of being black: This is a feel-good book about the beauty of black skin that will be a favorite of African American kids and their parents.
Self-confidence and pride: Amani is wonderfully exuberant and self-assured, and this book will inspire kids to embrace and trumpet their own worth as well.
Father-daughter bedtime book: Told by Amani’s dad, who watches her from the window, this is a warm, loving book that parents will enjoy reading to their children before bed. (Mom is also depicted in the art.)
Apartment-complex living: The low-income apartment building depicted is an unusual picture-book setting, and the socioeconomic diversity will be appreciated.
Up-and-coming illustrator: Keturah A. Bobo’s first book, I Am Enough, is a New York Times bestseller. She is a talented artist on the rise.
Near and dear to the author: Abdul-Razak Zachariah wrote this book—his debut—as part of his senior project at Yale. The setting is based on his own childhood home and his desire that African American kids have the chance to see themselves depicted on the pages of books.
Praise for The Night Is Yours:
* “Zachariah’s lyrical language aches to be read aloud and second-person narrative makes this a perfect book to share one-on-one or in storytime.” —School Library Journal, starred review
“The Night Is Yours explores the beauty of the night and the innocence of childhood, making it a delightful story to share with young readers of all backgrounds.”—Booklist
Awards and Praise for Keturah Bobo’s I Am Enough:
A New York Times bestseller
“Beautifully illustrated…visually stunning.”—Kirkus
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