About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Saturday, February 5, 2022

Crowned with Glory by Dorena Williamson

Crowned with Glory

An ode to Black hair and Black girl joy, this joy-filled rhyming picture book invites young readers into the world of a young Black girl as she rocks her God-given beauty.

Hello, world! I’m a gift from above.
I already know that I am loved.

Gazing around with a great big grin—
there’s a whole wide world for me to take in.
From the hair on her head to the tips of her toes, Azira knows that she is awesome! And whether it’s styled in twists, curls, braids, Bantu knots, a textured bun, or left totally natural, her hair is just one of the countless things that helps Azira celebrate who God made her to be. She’s able to live out a beautiful story because God has crowned her with glory—and Azira wants you to do the same!
Young readers will be inspired by this empowering, uplifting reminder to always be and love who God created them to be.


Am I as pretty as the girls I see? I'm an original ---free to be me.

This is such a lovely book, and it isn't just because of its appearance. It's also filled with beautiful words of affirmation, and young children will be captivated by the rhyming words and the bright, colorful illustrations. They will love Azira's story and reading it with their parents provides a wonderful opportunity for discussing God's Plan for their own lives. It is perfect for those little girls who may feel different, but it's a book that shouldn't be limited to girls. Little boys also have doubts and insecurities, and this book could be an assurance for them also. All of us, young or old, need to know that our differences don't matter because God made us, and He loves us just as we are. We need to love ourselves and know that we are capable of accomplishing great things!

I'm full of hope from head to toe.
There's no limit to the places I can go.
Plans before me---just walk them out, 
a future full of seeds to sprout.

Author Dorena Williamson has written an enlightening book that is meant to encourage and inspire. Crowned with Glory will be a wonderful addition to both personal and school libraries.

I received an ARC of this book from WaterBrook Kids. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars 


Dorena Williamson is a speaker, church planter, and bridge builder whose work has been featured in Christianity Today and Crosswalk. She is a bestselling author of children’s books that adults need too. She and her husband, Chris, have four children and make their home in Franklin, Tennessee.

Learn more by going to her    Website      Facebook     Twitter      Instagram 

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