As a parent, I frequently tell my kids, “You can be anything you want to be!”. In telling them that, I want them to feel like they can reach for the stars and be a world changer.
In I Can Be by Felicia Lee and illustrated by Bryan Tagalogon, kids will be able to explore all the roles they could be. This book is full of various roles and careers; from astronaut to painter. Each job is demonstrated in I Can Be with children as the stars. I hate to give away potential spoilers, but I especially loved the ending of I Can Be. In the end, I Can Be tells kids HOW to be whatever they want. This is important because it shows not only the possibility of what a kid can be, but I Can Be also tells kids exactly how to do that with good grades, and a positive attitude. I love that I Can Be ends this way. It creates such conversation with kids on how to succeed.
I loved how each job highlighted is with great diversity of the characters. Children of all skin colors, hair colors, and abilities are shown and represented in the different jobs listed in I Can Be. I mean, we are talking about a female president, a teacher in a wheelchair, a painter with braces, and a weather reporter wearing a head covering similar to a hijab.
The illustrations in I Can Be are amazing; bright colors decorate each page. The roles are illustrated with such clarity. The characters are very expressive and enchanting.
My kids really loved reading this book. We talked about the different jobs shown in I Can Be. My kids have big ideas of what they want to be and why too (like a construction worker, a teacher, a musician and a police officer), so they loved seeing the jobs demonstrated.
If you are looking for an incredible book with a positive message, and great diversity, grab I Can Be. It would be a perfect book to use in a story time session at school or at the library. But it is also a great book to read to kids at home too. It’s the type of book that can inspire kids to dream big and aim for the stars while showing kids that anything is possible.
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