All Because You Matter
Written by Tami Charles
Illustrated by Bryan Collier
Age Level: 4 – 8
Grade Level: P – 3
This book doesn’t need another review. It has 1009 already, but it’s so well done I want to share mine too. This book is beautiful – the words and the illustrations fit together perfectly.
The idea started with Tami when she was carrying her unborn baby, to tell him he mattered before she met him, before she imagined having children. That he mattered before she was born, before her ancestors built the pyramids. She also wanted him to know, when life got tough, that he’d still matter. No matter what – his parents would always love him. I hope that all kids have someone to tell them – they matter, that they will always be in their corner, no matter what. That matters too!
Tami wrote a note to her readers in the back. She wanted us to know where her words came from. And Bryan shared how he used art to bring them to life. I didn’t know his grandmother and her quilts inspired these illustrations, or that a flower unfurling is at the heart of his work. Lovely!
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Whenever I read or write, I find a comfy chair with a great view. I get my favorite drink, stretch out, and let the words take me away.