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New to Board Book Format: Follow Your Dreams Little One & When God Made You


Happy October 1st! These two lovely board books arrived in the mail the other day and while I'm always behind with my posts, I'm excited to share them.


Follow Your Dreams Little One by Vashti Harrison is an abbreviated version of the hardcover edition that came out last November, and while it doesn't provide all of the biographical details that the hardcover edition does, it's perfect for little ones. Featuring eighteen inspirational black men in history such as Aaron Douglas, Gordon Parks, Sir David Adjaye, Alvin Ailey, and fourteen more, Follow Your Dreams Little One uses accessible phrases throughout the book that little ones can easily understand. Here's an example: "André Leon Talley showed that grace and kindness are always in style." Another page: "Sir David Adjaye designed buildings inspired by people and culture." Vashti Harrison's illustrations are always lovely and the background that's created for each person provides a great reference for kids as to each person's work. For instance, in the illustration below you can see the plane behind John Robinson and the controls for space flight behind Leland Melvin.


Other board books in Vashti Harrison's series include: Dream Big Little One and Think Big Little One.


Now for When God Made You. With illustrations by David Catrow, I had a hard time narrowing down which illustrations to feature. Such a vibrant and eye-catching color palette! A book that celebrates the beauty of how God makes us, author Matthew Paul Turner's rhyming paired with Catrow's illustrations make this book such a fun read. Here's a snippet from page three: "You, you, God thinks about you. God was thinking of you long before your debut. God imagined your eyes, your head's shape and size, and knew what you'd look like when you felt surprised. God pictured your nose and all ten of your toes. The sound of your voice? He had it composed." Full of adventurous illustrations, two of my favorite pages are below.

A book that emphasizes not just the worth and beauty of all human beings, but also the presence of God within our lives.


Enjoy!