I Celebrate My Skin

Children - Picture Book
38 Pages
Reviewed on 04/28/2022
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Author Biography

Nonkululeko Kunene Adumetey (also known as Nonku) is a loving wife and devoted mother of two happy toddlers. Her children both love singing, storytime, and tasting home-cooked cuisines. When Nonku tastes delicious food, she hums a blissful tune, which she never realized until both her children started humming along.
Nonku was born in the Kingdom of Eswatini, where she lived until she was 16. She left to complete high school in Canada and later moved to the United States to pursue her college education.
Her passion is to inspire her children and all children to celebrate who they are, understand their differences are beautiful, know their diversity is a strength, and believe their voices are should be heard.
Her hero is her late father, Themba Micah Kunene, a man from humble beginnings who worked tirelessly to provide a full life for his eight children. Her father’s unconditional love, wisdom, selflessness, and work ethic inspire the core of Nonku’s principles and life mottos. One of his favorite mottos was "umtsentse uhlaba usamila”, a saying about a strong grass that gets deeply rooted during its early stages of development. The essence of this saying embodies the core of early intervention and teaching young minds early so that they grow up strong and informed about the world. This is what inspires Nonku to write children’s book, to inspire and empower young minds for a greater future.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Alma Boucher for Readers' Favorite

I Celebrate My Skin by Nonku Kunene Adumetey teaches that we are born with different shades of skin color and although the colors differ, we have so much in common. Our skin is our biggest organ and keeps us warm in the winter and cools us in the summer. We use our five senses to see, hear, smell, feel and taste and we use the functions of our body parts in the same way. We are not different from each other and must love ourselves as our skin color makes us who we are. Children love and care about each other despite the difference in skin color and they hold hands and play together. They are happy to be friends despite skin color, gender, or culture. We as adults can learn from children that who we are is more important than our skin color.

In I Celebrate My Skin, Nonku Kunene Adumetey teaches children to be happy with the skin that they are born in and that everyone is unique. The book was beautifully written and children can relate to the story and the illustrations. Children will learn to accept who they are and how they look and love themselves and others. The illustrations are bright, colorful, and appealing. The children’s faces are realistic and everyone is happy. The different communities and cultures in the world are represented in this story. There are activities at the back of the book, which is a fun way for young readers to engage and learn more. This is an inspiring tale with a powerful message for young children and parents.