Beautifully Me by Nabela Noor, illustrated by Nabi H. Ali. Simon & Schuster, 2021. 9781534485877
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
What did you like about the book? Representation of all kinds is critically important in children’s literature. Meet Zubi Chowdhury. She is a happy-go-lucky girl who is off to school. However, before she heads out the door she hears her mom make a comment about her body. She then hears her sister say that she’s “on a diet”. Lastly, Zubi experiences an unfortunate interaction at school that once again makes her think that there is something wrong with her figure. These conversations and interactions have made her feel very uncomfortable and sad. However, with the help of her family she quickly learns that she is perfect just the way she is. The illustrations in this book are amazing. They are colorful and are a beautiful representation of Bangladeshi culture. Readers can really see that there is beauty in who they are, including how they feel about their body images.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No!
To whom would you recommend this book? This book is for any young person really struggling with loving their body just as it is. It is perfect for kids age 5 and older so that you could have a conversation about positive body image.
Who should buy this book? Early learning centers, elementary schools, and public libraries
Where would you shelve it? Picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? YES!
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Rose Metayer, Boston Latin School, Boston MA
Date of review: October 13, 2021