Every board book that I recommend has to have at least two things. They have to be diverse and they have to have some message of hope or joy. Bloom by Ruth Forman has both and more! Published by Simon & Schuster, read on for a full book review of Bloom by Ruth Forman.
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From the author of Curls and Glow comes a joyfully poetic board book that delivers an ode to African American girls as naturally beautiful in our human garden.
those girls bloom
these do too
we bloom like flowers
how about you?
Introduce young readers to the idea of self-love in a simple, playful rhythm with this luminous story where each little girl is as unique and beautiful as a blossoming flower.
The heart of Bloom shares a simple message: little girls are all special and bloom in their own way. The prose is simple enough for beginning readers to follow and there is a joyous feeling to this book, little girls who can do anything play and frolic in a garden setting.
Let’s discuss just how magical Bloom is! The happy vibe of the book is boosted by the illustrations which are divine. Illustrator Talia Skyles’ interpretations of “girls that bloom” show girls with hair textures that you’d find in real life. This books is filled with girls that are different shades of brown and I spotted braids, bantu knots, curls, dread locs and more!
So why is this important?
Because it’s critical for Black and Brown girls to see themselves depicted in media.
Books like Bloom weren’t readily available when I was a little girl and forget seeing my own hair texture depicted in books I read. I love that Ruth Forman and Talia Sykes are creating wonderful diverse board books for a new generation of readers!
Bloom by Ruth Forman is a beautiful board book and releases April 26 2022!