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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!