What Little Boys Are Made Of by Susanna Leonard Hill, illustrated by Natalie Vasilica. Sourcebooks, 2022. 9781728251455
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
Format: Paperback picture book
What did you like about the book? An excellent way to break down all the stereotypes of how boys should act! Little boys are always categorized as rough and lacking deep emotional connection. This is the farthest from the truth! Little boys are made up of so much more wonderful things. The story is told in nursery rhyme form and it is a beautiful collection of affirmations for any boy-identifying young person. The illustrations feature not only racial diversity but diversity in many other areas, showcasing boys with varying features, physical abilities, and hobbies. One could easily remove the word boy and this is a universal book teaching anyone that we are not all the same people and we should embrace our individuality.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No, this book was beautiful!
To whom would you recommend this book? Perfect for children ages 3 years old to 10 years old.
Who should buy this book? Daycare, early learning centers, elementary schools, 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: Jul 13, 2022
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