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Dapo Adeola / Children's

Children's Illustrated Book of the Year - British Book Awards

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UK Publisher


US Publisher

Nancy Paulsen Books

Date Published

July 10th, 2021


Penguin Random House (North American)
Companhia (Brazilian)

*Children’s Illustrated Book of the Year – British Book Awards 2022*

This groundbreaking picture book is a lyrical, inspirational exploration of growing up Black, written by award-winning illustrator Dapo Adeola, and brought to life by some of the most exciting Black illustration talents working today.

Remember to dream your own dreams
Love your beautiful skin
You always have a choice

This book addresses – honestly, yet hopefully – the experiences Black children face growing up with systemic racism, as well as providing hope for the future, delivering a powerful message to a new generation of dreamers. It’s a message that is both urgent and timeless – and offers a rich and rewarding reading experience for every child.

To mirror the rich variety of the Black diaspora, this book showcases artwork from Dapo and 18 incredible Black illustrators in one beautiful, powerful, and cohesive reading experience.




The tone is empowering and celebratory, hailing love and freedom, talent and achievement, and highlighting Black role models and the Black Lives Matter movement.

- Editor's Choice, The Bookseller

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