All Because You Matter

  • Title: All Because You Matter
  • Author: Tami Charles
  • Illustrator: Bryan Collier
  • Publisher: Orchard Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.
  • Publication year: 2020
  • Brief Summary: From Scholastic: “Tami Charles pens a poetic, lyrical text that is part love letter, part anthem, assuring readers that they always have, and always will, matter. This powerful, rhythmic lullaby reassures readers that their matter and their worth is never diminished, no matter the circumstance: through the joy and wonder of their first steps and first laughter, through the hardship of adolescent struggles and the pain and heartbreak of current events, they always have, and always will, matter. Accompanied by illustrations by renowned artist Bryan Collier, a four-time Caldecott Honor recipient and a nine-time Coretta Scott King Award winner or honoree, All Because You Matter empowers readers with pride, joy, and comfort, reminding them of their roots and strengthening them for the days to come.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – There are many ways to introduce this book into the classroom, whether its in conjunction or in addition to other “treasured” picture books, or whether that be after or during a discussion on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This book is important in many ways, because children of all backgrounds, race or religion should feel like they matter, like they have a purpose for being in this world. I found this PDF on teaching The Civil Rights Movement to young children and thought it had some very interesting points on young children developing relationships with diverse children.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it. – The illustrations from Collier are vibrant, moving and stunning. In the beginning of the book, we see many hands making a quilt made of many faces. It is a beautiful interpretation of the text that Charles writes on the opposite page. I also enjoyed Charles writing, with the rhyming and descending text that is designed much like a poem.

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