Review & Giveaway: The Me I Choose To Be

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Review & Giveaway: The Me I Choose To Be

I received this book for free from Little Brown Books for Young Readers & Rockstar Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Review & Giveaway: The Me I Choose To BeThe Me I Choose to Be by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley
on October 19, 2021
Genres: Juvenile Fiction / Imagination & Play, Juvenile Fiction / People & Places / United States / African American & Black, Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Pages: 40
Format: eBook, Hardcover
Source: Little Brown Books for Young Readers & Rockstar Book Tours
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The bestselling author of I Love My Hair! joins forces with a dynamic photography duo in this stunning celebration of the many things you can be!

What will you choose to be?

A free spirit?

A weaver of words?

A star dancing across the night sky?

A limitless galaxy?

The possibilities are endless in this uplifting ode to the power of potential. With lyrical text by bestselling author Natasha Anastasia Tarpley and images by Regis and Kahran Bethencourt--the team behind CreativeSoul Photography--each page of The Me I Choose To Be is an immersive call for self-love and highlights the inherent beauty of all Black and brown children.

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the THE ME I CHOOSE TO BE by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley with photographs by Regis and Kahran Bethencourt Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post for my review and favorite quotes and make sure to enter the giveaway! 


The Me I Choose to Beby Natasha Anastasia Tarpley with photographs by Regis and Kahran Bethencourt is a phenomenal combination of visual beauty and lyrical words. This book embraces the limitless possibilities that are at our children’s fingertips. The beauty of Blackness, youth and the future are on bright and joyful display throughout the pages.

This book does the important work of giving us images and words that show all the potential that children have built into them. The images of Black and Brown children displaying this beautiful potential is reinforcement of the positive imagery that is often denied our children. In these words and photographs children are celebrated – their beauty, their culture, their hair.

Also, let’s take a quick moment to give absolute appreciation to the hair stylist(s) who created works of art with these children’s beautiful hair.

The images represent the past, present and future. The Afro-futurism representation is strong and I am here for it! Young black astronauts and superheroes for the win! The images and the text make room for our babies to dream and hope.

As a mom of littles and as an educator, I absolutely love this book for the message it sends our children. If you are looking for a gift for the upcoming holiday season, this book should be on the list. PERIOD. Give it as a gift to your own child, niece, nephew, godchild, your local school’s library.

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Fave Quotes

Pages from The Me I choose to Be book

Favorite Quotes

The following are some of my favorites quotes from the book. Educators who are looking for affirmations for their students, should definitely consider these.

“I Am Hope passed down through generations.”

“I am a weaver of words that quickly take flight and stretch into stories fluttering off into the night.”

“My creativity and curiosity flow without end, and if I meet an obstacle I begin again.”

“I am a planet, a limitless galaxy, and I am the me I choose to be.”

Natasha Tarpley Headshot (credit Phil Struggle)

About Natasha Tarpley: 

Natasha Tarpley is the author of the bestselling picture book I Love My Hair!, as well as other acclaimed titles for children and adults. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and numerous other awards and she is the cofounder of Voonderbar! Media, a project seeking to expand the depictions of children of color in media. She lives with her family in Chicago, Illinois.

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Goodreads 

portrait of Regis and Kahran Bethencourt

About Regis and Kahran Bethencourt : 

Regis and Kahran Bethencourt are the husband-and-wife duo and the imaginative forces behind CreativeSoul Photography. With more than ten years of working with hundreds of children, families, and brands, they specialize in child and lifestyle photography while incorporating authentic visual storytelling. They live in Atlanta, Georgia.

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Goodreads | Pinterest

Giveaway Details:

3 winners will win a finished copy of THE ME I CHOOSE TO BE, US Only.

Giveaway Link:

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Tour Schedule:

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