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M Is for Melanin: A Celebration of the Black Child

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  134 ratings  ·  27 reviews
M Is for Melanin is an empowering alphabet book that teaches kids their ABCs and celebrates Black children!

M is for Melanin
shining in every inch of your skin.
Every shade, every hue.
All beautiful and unique.

Each letter of the alphabet contains affirming, Black-positive messages, from A is for Afro, to F is for Fresh, to W is for Worthy. This book teaches children their
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by little bee books
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Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I totally teared up at the dedication, was openly crying by the letter D, and verging on ugly crying at the letter O.

All in the middle of the library.
Original and overdue. An alphabet book that celebrates “unapologetic blackness” and encourages all shades of children to love the skin they’re in.
Nikki S
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
BEAUTIFUL book. I cried at the Author's Note. And then I promptly bought one for my 7 year old cousin's birthday.
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
WOW! A powerful book about embracing and celebrating blackness. I can't wait to read this to my kiddos!
Amber Webb
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved everything about this book and plan to use it when learning about ourselves and our identities.
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Be bold. Be fearless. Be you.
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read an ARC of this picture book to review and share with #LitReviewCrew. Below is my honest review.

Author/Illustrator, Tiffany Rose, created a beautiful picture book geared toward the young, black child that is truly inspiring. The illustrations are cheerful and bright and the message is strong: “Be bold, be fearless, be YOU.” Filled with positive messages to inspire and empower, M FOR MELANIN, celebrates black history and culture. In the Author’s Note, Rose explains that
K was my favorite letter! I will act accordingly for now on.
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a joyful celebration of all kinds of children of color - a beautiful and joyful exploration of what makes black girls magic and gives black boys joy. I plan on adding this on to the collection as soon as it is available.
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Anyone, regardless of age, race, or culture, will be motivated, empowered, and full of passionate drive to celebrate authenticity (their own and that of others) after completing Tiffany Rose's "M Is for Melanin: A Celebration of the Black Child". To say the book is a must for any school, public library, and home book shelf is an understatement. All who read it will be lucky to have experienced it!

In a world that is often divided in terms of 'black and white', we often forget to encourage the
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful book, teaching not only the alphabet, but also that every person is beautiful just the way they are. This book is in celebration of black children, but could definitely be read by any child. Throughout the book there are children of every shade depicted on each book. They are shown with different colored hair, different hair types - from braids to bald - all different styles of clothing. One of my favorite pages was the Pride page - which shows one child holding an equality sign and ...more
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
M is for Melanin captured me from the beginning to the end. The illustrations are outstanding, they drew me into the book once I opened the cover. As an African-Caribbean woman, I didn't have books that represented me as a child. Tiffany Rose does a wonderful job of capturing the vibrance and energy of my identity as a Black woman. I sat smiling in the bookstore as I read each page. When I was finished I looked up Tiffany on social media, I wanted to let her know how her book had filled my ...more
Dierric Rogers
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
M Is for Melanin is a beautifully written and illustrated alphabet book that is a great opener for black children (and children of color) to start embracing who they are and what they can become. Each word chosen by author Tiffany Rose are words that I heard as a child and still here to this day that represent what it means to embrace blackness. I love how the pictures represented different shades of melanin and the different hair dos, the different styles of dress. We are different, but our ...more
I LOVED this book. It wonderfully promoted self-love and is a great addition to a collect that could always use more diverse books.

The only slight issue I had was the page about "fresh". It says "our people" but I wonder if the author realizes the 'us' versus 'them' issue with that phrase. We have so many things pulling people of different races, cultures, and religions apart these days. The rest of the book was so inclusive and about loving yourself and making the world a better place. Creating
Nov 29, 2019 added it
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The subtitle is "A Celebration of the Black Child," and that feels accurate.

The text and illustration all celebrate Black children, depicting them with so much active joy and enthusiasm in the illustrations, encouraging them in the text.

Many of the kids have fun dyed-colors hair. There are a variety of different skin tones represented -- including Black kids with albinism and vitiligo -- as well as hairstyles.
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
An alphabet of encouragement for those with varying amounts of melanin in their skin. Given the racism in this world, kids of color can never get enough celebration to go out and be their own wonderful selves.
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This unique book is a powerful, self-assured statement for all children. I don't think I've ever seen a book that depicted children with vitiligo or albinism before. This is all about pride and confidence in being who you are.
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful from A-Z
Maria Caplin
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
ABC format great descriptive vocabulary
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think "Y" is my favorite entry!
Lisa Boyd
Love it.
Ms Threlkeld
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Love the message and the diversity of children included.
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
A must read for black children. A must share with any young child, of any color.
Beautiful in every way!
Ami Pendley
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A gorgeous celebration of the black child.
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This was sooooo good! Vibrant and colorful, this is a wonderfully empowering read for children (and adults too!)
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous book all around... a must add for every library & home!
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