A Beautiful Book That Keeps Giving

A stack of books sit beside River and Oak’s bed. They rotate. They get messy. They’re read in full or bit by bit within hours. O’s fingers slowly stretch words out. River’s comprehension level remains two grades higher than her own. I don’t think I’ve ever read this much, had stories retold to me as much, and enjoyed it this much.

With all the books and stories that float through our mouths, our screens and our hands, Amazing Grace has been the one I often move to. It’s not just in it’s lesson that Black girls can be whatever they what, no matter what people say. It is not just in its message of persistence, frustration, and creativity. But in it’s ability to be so achingly familiar.

At night, when I’m squeezed in-between the kids, I can’t help but think about the seeds this book planted when it was on my sister’s shelf in the 90s. Or, how the palette of the entire book is the sweetest thing for us to see before our eyes drift off into some other world. In my home it just keeps giving to us all.

Have you read Amazing Grace? Is it on your kids’ shelves? I can’t recomend it enough.

5 thoughts on “A Beautiful Book That Keeps Giving

  • Reply Claude July 13, 2020 at 11:19 pm

    I’ve seen this book around but haven’t read it. I will get a copy. Representation alone, my daughter now has a missing tooth in the front will reel her in.

    • Reply latonya July 14, 2020 at 6:47 am

      She’ll love it so much. It’s wonderful.


  • Reply Melissa July 14, 2020 at 6:47 am

    This book was in my Amazon cart forever and then one day I found it while thrifting. Brand new for 25 cents. My daughter loves it so much. Such a sweet book. ❤️

    • Reply latonya July 14, 2020 at 6:48 am

      that’s amazing, Melissa!!!

  • Reply Grace July 23, 2020 at 1:32 pm

    As another Grace I loved this book SO MUCH. I hadn’t seen or thought of those illustrations in over 20 years and that white and pink striped shirt just brought up some kind of excited feeling in my chest, just the same as it did when I was small. Thank you 🙂

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