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Being You

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Award-winning author and professor Alexs Pate delivers a message of hope and self-discovery in a time of uncertainty in our world. YOU is a beautiful picture book celebrating every readers' individuality and talents. With an authentic voice, YOU's poetic message of love and optimism for the future speaks directly to today's children. YOU helps us to see the wonder and ligh ...more
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Expected publication: August 1st 2018 by Capstone Editions
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Helen
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This is a powerful book that sends an important message to children that they are free to be themselves. I think it also serves a realistic dose of perspective to any adults who might be lucky enough to enjoy this book with a child that that’s exactly who they are - children, and we are in their lives to help guide them through the difficult times. I really enjoyed the beautiful illustrations in this book as well. Thank you, NetGalley, for the ARC!
Katie Reilley
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced reader copy of Being You from Capstone Publishing to share with my #bookexpedition group. It’s a gorgeous text that centers around choice. Kids can either accept the labels that others assign to them, or they can let their inner self shine and connect with others who see their value. This text celebrates every individual’s talents through a message of hope. Pub date is 10/1. I will definitely be reading as a #classroombookaday next school year. ...more
Lorie Barber
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A must in every classroom & written by the author of Amistad, this beautifully illustrated picture book reminds kids that they can achieve greatness by rejecting negative labels thrust upon them by others. A #classroombookaday once it published in October. Many thank to Capstone Publishing for sharing this important book with #bookexpedition.
Rachelle
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a book about looking past the negative stereotypes or definitions others have placed on you. It is about finding love for yourself through knowing yourself.

I love the diversity in this book. The illustrations are gorgeous! It's written in a poem format and that could be great for discussing poetry in the classroom.
Susan Sullivan
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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A picture book that explores individuality and the choice to be who you are.
Lauren White
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Jul 03, 2018
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Note: I received a digital review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.
Danita
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Faith
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Alexs Pate, founder of Innocent Classroom, authors a powerful children's book. Being You was created in a desire to encourage children, particularly children of color, to reject labels and stereotypes and instead be freed to explore their interests and see where that leads them.

The format is non-rhyming poetry, with few words on a page; I found myself rereading some pages to better catch the flow and emphasize the right words as I went along:

"But in this world, there are whispers
that move throu
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Josie Stewart
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Jul 15, 2018
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Moriah Conant
Jun 28, 2018 marked it as to-read
"Being You" addresses the fact that children, especially children of color, are faced with people who will give them negative labels before getting to know them. Children respond by putting on a tough mask and hiding the vulnerable parts of them. This book encourages children to be themselves and choose people who are supportive of them.

I wasn't a huge fan of the lack of punctuation- I know it is a style thing but I think it could have used some.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in e
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Laura
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Children need to see themselves in picture books. They need to see that the children in the books do things like they do, call their parents the same names they use, eat the same food, have similar problems. Oh, they want to read about adventures to, but it is nice when the hero is like you.

I read, recently, that Black boys are the most unrepresented characters in children's books. There are more books about animals then there are about Black children in general.

This book will not solve this pro
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Ryan
Jul 16, 2018 marked it as to-read
I will be honest, I don’t know how to review this book. It’s beautiful. And I was completely able to get what the author was saying. You are you. Don’t let the media, and societal prejudices make you anything less than you are and who you wish to be. I am a cis gender white woman who loves this book, but does not feel that I can adequately express how powerful I think it is. I am woke enough to know that this needs a better reviewer than I. One who has lived through these experiences and witness ...more
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