Book Title: I Celebrate My Voice by Nonku Kunene Adumetey
Category: Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7), 37 pages
Genre: Children's Book
Publisher: Nonku's Corner Publishing
Release date: February, 2022
Content Rating: Rated G. Suitable for everyone
I Celebrate My Voice is a fun and lovely introduction to what it means to use your voice. With breathtaking illustrations, this book shows young children how limitless their voices are. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from – you have a voice and it matters.
Beautiful illustrations and an inspiring message make this a wonderful book for children. I Celebrate My Voice assures young people that their voices aren't limited to the words that they speak, and they can use their individual talents to spread their message and influence our world. Author Nonku Kunene Adumetey uses easy-to-read text to encourage them to be themselves, enjoy their lives, and then share their joy and happiness with others. Illustrator Mary K. Biswas adds to this theme by depicting children of many races demonstrating what they love to do best. Diversity and individuality---can you think of a better way to create confidence in our most precious resource?
I Celebrate My Voice is a powerful book of affirmation, and it's one that parents, and educators will want to share. This book needs to be in home and school libraries!
I received a copy of this book from the author via iRead Book Tours. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Nonkululeko Kunene Adumetey (also known as Nonku) is an award-winning author, loving wife and devoted mother of two happy toddlers. Her children both love singing, story time, and tasting home-cooked cuisines. When Nonku tastes delicious food, she hums a blissful tune, which she never realized until both her children started humming along.
Nonku was born in the Kingdom of Eswatini, where she lived until she was 16. She left to complete high school in Canada and later moved to the United States to pursue her college education.
Her passion is to inspire her children and all children to celebrate who they are, understand their differences are beautiful, know their diversity is a strength, and believe their voices are should be heard.
Her hero is her late father, Themba Micah Kunene, a man from humble beginnings who worked tirelessly to provide a full life for his eight children. Her father’s unconditional love, wisdom, selflessness, and work ethic inspire the core of Nonku’s principles and life mottos. One of his favorite mottos was "umtsentse uhlaba usamila”, a saying about a strong grass that gets deeply rooted during its early stages of development. The essence of this saying embodies the core of early intervention and teaching young minds early so that they grow up strong and informed about the world. This is what inspires Nonku to write children’s book, to inspire and empower young minds for a greater future.
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Behind the scenes: What inspired me to write I Celebrate My Voice.
Before I started writing, I didn’t realize how exhilarating it could be.
My journey started from a place of pain and grief. I was looking for answers, and I didn’t have them. I was experiencing the damaging pain of losing my father, and I didn’t know if I would get better. I had to write to express myself and let go of my feelings.
Writing, then, was an outlet for me. It helped me address all the pain I was feeling inside.
All the letters I wrote to myself became my children’s book’s stories. The messages of love and comfort are the tools I hope children will learn early: to love themselves completely and celebrate who they are.
I hope this book will impact these lessons:
To remind families and children about the power of using your voice.
To show the different ways to use our voices in everyday life, by being yourself.
To celebrate and foster individuality.
To foster self-awareness and the strengths our kids have.
To help parents and educators have meaningful and fun conversations about the power of using your voice.
Embrace diversity and show children’s strengths across difference ethnicities, ages, and cultures.
Self-love is golden.
Representation matters. All children deserve to see themselves in books.
We all have a place in this world.
Showing up just the way you are is enough.
This fun, meaningful, and impactful book will transform how we understand our voice and purpose. Celebrating your voice starts inward... loving yourself just the way you are.It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from. You have a voice, and it matters.
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