I'm Going to Be a Princess

I'm Going to Be a Princess
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December 05, 2023
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What will Maya be when she grows up? A rocket scientist like Annie Easley? An Olympic athlete like Alice Coachman? A brain surgeon like Alexa Canady?

In this heart-warming and funny story, Maya discovers the achievements of some amazing Black women . . . but it's a brave Nigerian princess who really captures her imagination! 

With humor and zeal, Stephanie Taylor celebrates the lives of incredible Black women in this moving and funny, feminist narrative, while award-winning illustrator Jade Orlando's colorful art perfectly captures the warm and charming mother-daughter relationship. 

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I’m Going to be a Princess is an inspirational conversation between a mother and her daughter. One day after school, Maya can’t wait to share with her mother that she is going to be a princess when she grows up. Since that doesn’t seem very likely her mother points out different jobs around the community and tells her of an African American woman who had the same job. This allows for the book to have great depth as it shares mini-bios of inspirational women in a way that is engaging for preschool elementary-age age girls. I like the twist at the end that the reason the girl wants to be a princess is because she learned of Princess Amina in school and was already inspired by a strong African female. The illustrations do a nice job of complimenting the text. Overall, this is an inspirational story that highlights the many successful women throughout history who may be lesser known in history books.
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