A History of Me Hardcover by By Adrea Theodore; illustrated by Erin K. Robinson

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A History of Me Hardcover by By Adrea Theodore; illustrated by Erin K. Robinson

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  • Publisher: Neal Porter Books (2022-01-18)
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • ISBN-13: 9780823442577
  • Item Weight: 374.22 grams
  • Dimensions: 10.25 x 8.26 x 0.35 cm

An uplifting message of hope for the future and pride in your history, inspired by a mother's experience of being the only Black child in her classroom.

Who do you see when you look in the mirror?

Emphasizing the strength, creativity, and courage passed down through generations, A History of Me offers a joyful new perspective on how we look at history and an uplifting message for the future.

Being the only brown girl in a classroom full of white students can be hard. When the teacher talks about slavery and civil rights, she can feel all the other students' eyes on her. In those moments she wants to seep into the ground, wondering, is that all you see when you look at me?

Having gone through the same experiences, the girl's mother offers a different, empowering point of view: she is a reflection of the powerful women that have come before her, of the intelligence, resilience, and resourcefulness that have been passed down through the generations.  Her history is a source of pride, a reason to sit up straight and recognize everything beautiful and powerful in herself. 

What really matters is what we see when we look in the mirror, and what we want to become. 

Inspired by the authors' experiences in school and as a parent, Adrea Theodore’s debut picture book is a powerful testament to the past as well as a benediction for the future.  Erin Robinson's digital illustrations feature a wealth of texture and a bold, saturated palette, bringing this warm message of empowerment to life.

An American Library Association Notable Children’s Book
An NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book
A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

About the Author

Adrea Theodore is a mother, a pediatrician, and with the publication of A History of Me, an author of books for children. Growing up on Long Island, she was the kind of girl who almost always had a book in her hand, a library card in her pocket, and a stack of books in the corner waiting to be read — or returned for more books. She currently lives in Durham, North Carolina where she works with children at a local child advocacy center.

Erin K Robinson is the illustrator of Brave. Black. First: 50+ African American Women Who Changed the World by Cheryl Hudson. Her work has been featured in the New York Times and the Washington Post, among other publications, and has been nominated for an Emmy in the News and Documentary category. Trained at the Parsons School of Design and the Corcoran School of Art. Erin splits her time between Brooklyn, NY, and Washington, DC. 

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