You Can Choose You!

Children - Coming of Age
18 Pages
Reviewed on 07/28/2022
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Author Biography

AA Kingston started working out at her local parks and recreation department with young children as a teen. As an adult, she then went on to raise 7 children. The goal of her writing is to empower young children to be proud of who they are. She believes that, by recognizing each child's unique strengths and supporting their interests, parents and caregivers are in a position to nurture a healthy self confidence.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Foluso Falaye for Readers' Favorite

With the increasing usage of the media, technology, and the internet, finding one's voice and identity requires a great amount of effort and will in today's world. Considering this, it is extremely important to teach children early in life that they can be themselves and choose what they want. This is exactly what A. A. Kingston's You Can Choose You! does through its vibrant pictures and its creative and diverse characters. Casey enjoys riding his green scooter daily, and he also loves to dance. Sam, however, loves singing and playing soccer—a sport she considers her favorite. In You Can Choose You!, children will come across more fun and unique choices and meet other exciting characters, who go by different pronouns—including he, she, and they.

I wish I could go back in time to give the younger version of myself in this book. Since I can't, I recommend A. A. Kingston's book for all children out there so they know that it's okay to choose and be themselves. I liked that the characters have diverse interests, like reading, traveling, drawing, and more, which will help children get used to the idea of having different options and life paths. Another noteworthy element is the book's inclusiveness; different racial groups are represented in the colorful, adorable pictures, and the story itself includes gender-free characters. With its fun rhymes, adorable pictures, and simple language, You Can Choose You! is perfect for its young audience. Parents, teachers, guardians, and custodians who wish to instill the values of self-discovery, self-love, and self-awareness in the child or children in their care should get them this book!

Jennie More

You Can Choose You! by A. A. Kingston is a children's storybook about what makes you happy. Kingston introduces four friends, Casey, Sam, Jaime, and Jonni, who each have a special hobby and pastime. Some hobbies include dancing, playing soccer, karate, and bike racing. Their pastimes are riding a scooter, singing, reading, and drawing. The bright and beautiful images showing the children enjoying their activities depict their joy and bring home the message that it's okay to have different interests than other people and do what makes you happy. Kingston has included a reflection exercise where children think of their answers to the questions, "What do you love to play? What do you love to do?" They draw a self-portrait and fill in their responses to these questions, appreciating their uniqueness.

You Can Choose You! by A. A. Kingston is a colorful and delightful storybook that clearly and concisely communicates a critical message to children about doing what they love, even if it's not what everyone else is doing. I loved the bright and beautiful graphics; they complement the story well and are visually stimulating. The message is straightforward, and effective and will allow children to grasp the book's message immediately. I love the variety of activities and the diversity of the children represented in the book because I think that is important, especially for children's books. The short but effective message is a reminder that it's okay to be different and enjoy different activities than your friends or peers.

Luwi Nyakansaila

You Can Choose You by A. A. Kingston is a fun book for toddlers. It tells the stories of various kids that love doing different kinds of exciting activities. Casey finds joy in dancing with his classmates. Sam is a singer, and she is also a soccer player, which is an exciting combination. We move on to Jaime, who loves to read and gets lost in his books. Apart from reading, Jaime is a tough guy with belts in karate. Lastly, we meet Jonni, who loves to ride bikes. He loves to race and draw with his friends. Introduce these fantastic characters to your toddler as new friends. Find out what activities your child loves to do and enjoy them together.

You Can Choose You had me smiling from ear to ear, and A. A. Kingston's words and illustrations made me happy from start to finish. This book has cute short stories that have a rhythm. They are simply the loveliest rhyming stories, and it is an excellent book to read with your toddlers. The illustrations are beautiful and colorful. This will grab any kid's attention and keep them engaged. Each picture depicts a child doing the things that make them happy. Guardians and parents, read this book with your children and enjoy the journey of finding out what activities make you both happy. At the end of the book, there is a section that allows the reader to fill in their name and the activities they like to do. In the spirit of the book, my name is Luwi, and I love to read.