Synopsis (from Amazon)
In this love letter from mothers to brown daughters everywhere, little girls are reminded to love the skin they’re in. Girls come in all different colors, shapes, and sizes. Some have long hair, some have short, and others have straight hair or curly. Still, despite the differences, there is something all little brown girls have in common…
They have the power to be anything! There are those who will say “you can’t,” but that’s just not true. Little brown girls are tough and strong and bright. Each girl was put here for a reason with a God-given purpose and plan. The way girls look and the way they act is no accident; God gave everyone a certain appearance, as well as certain skills.
The beauty of little brown girls is passed down from their mothers, their grandmothers, and beyond. It’s true, things sometimes get tough, but girls know to keep going and fight tough with toughness. Little girls shouldn’t be afraid to be true to the gifts their Father has given them. Be empowered and proud to celebrate the strength of brown girls.
In other self-love/natural hair book reviews I’ve written here on the blog, you may have heard me talk about how important I think this topic is for both boys and girls. Every parent I know has a desire to raise a child brimming with self-esteem and confidence; ready to tackle any adventure or obstacle put before them. While there are children seemingly born with ultimate self-esteem who carry that confidence with them into adulthood, sadly they are few and far between. At some point in life, most of us will find ourselves with a child who struggles with issues like low self-esteem, shyness, fitting in, bullying, standing their ground or speaking their mind.
That’s why it’s crucial to start building a strong foundation of high self-esteem and confidence from a a very early age. This means equipping your child with lifelong social, practical, physical and emotional skills.
In the fast-paced world we live in today, children are bombarded with negative images that can undermine their ability to look in the mirror and admire what they see. However, it is crucial that parents and caregivers must remain ever diligent to ensure that their children are receiving daily as many affirming messages about their beautiful selves as we can give them. Reading positive and affirming books like I Love Your Brown to the little brown girls in your life may help.
As the book states, “this book is for every girl and every woman who ever thought or felt there were limits to their dreams.” It serves as a reminder to love the skin you’re in no matter what others may think or say. Little girls should be empowered and proud to celebrate their strengths and weaknesses. They should know their beauty is uncompromising and to avoid the naysayers as they are only distractions.
Each page of this beautiful hardcover book is filled with actual photographs of little girls in both color and black and white. In the back of the book is a “Brown Cutie Guide” that girls can fill out with help from an adult or on their own if they’re old enough. There is also a section for mothers to write their own love letter to their daughter(s) and a Brown Cutie Club Call to Action.
I’ve read this book with my daughter several times since receiving it during our special mommy & me time. She’s even memorized a couple of the sentences which lets me know she’s actually listening when I read it with her. The entire text from the book is listed in the back which makes it easy if you want to recite the whole book without flipping through all the pages.
The girls featured in this book are mostly Black girls, but there are all shades of brown represented. You will see the girls in beautiful candid photographs rockin’ hairstyles like puffs, ponytails, twists, braids, curls and straight hair. It’s also worth mentioning that the authors are also in the process of getting this book translated in Spanish.
I think this is the perfect self-love affirmation to read over and over again with little brown girls everywhere. This book is definitely something my daughter and I will treasure for many years to come. I can’t wait until she’s a little older so she can write in the spaces provided in the back. I also look forward to writing my love letter to my daughter in the years ahead. It would be great to have a similar book like this for my son too! Add this gem to your home library collection. It’s gorgeous!
Your turn: What are some ways you teach your kids about self-love? Feel free to share in the comments.