Baby Young Gifted and Black


Infant & Up

  • Historical Figures
  • Self-Esteem
  • Own Voices
  • Black Culture & Identity

Jamia Wilson & Andrea Pippins

Summary: Do I even need to state how adorable this book is? I cannot handle it.

I’m sure you’ve seen the brilliant 2018 smash hit by Jamia Wilson & Andrea Pippins with the same name and the bright yellow color. This board book takes similar phrases and names of historical Black figures and encourages the reader (or listener) to embody those traits.

I care, I bring people together, I am powerful. These are phrases all kids need to hear, and to be able to connect these traits to powerful Black individuals makes the message that much more dynamic. In the back is a mirror for someone to see themselves, which is just the most precious addition (I can’t help but think about all the smiling tiny humans that will love this aspect) in the book.

This creator duo is one of my very favorites, everything they produce is phenomenal and Pippins’ artistic style is brilliant and joyful. This board book is a must-read for the young, gifted, and Black readers in your life!

This book was kindly sent by Quarto, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be able to review it. All opinions and decision to review is my own!

Jamia Wilson

Jamia Wilson a feminist activist, writer, and speaker. She joined Random House as vice president and executive editor in 2021. As the former director of the Feminist Press at the City University of New York and the former VP of programs at the Women’s Media Center, Jamia has been a leading voice on women’s rights issues for over a decade. Jamia is the former Women, Action, and the Media Executive Director, TED Prize Storyteller, and former Vice President of Programs at The Women’s Media Center, Jamia has been a powerful force in the social justice movement for nearly a decade. As a leading voice on feminist and women’s rights issues, her work and words have appeared in and on several outlets such as New York MagazineThe Today Show, and The Washington Post. She’s also a staff writer forRookieand has contributed to several books such as Madonna and Me: Women Writers on the Queen of Pop, and I Still Believe Anita Hill. But what we’re most excited about is her own book that she’s currently writing about Beyonce and feminism. (Yes, really.) It’s no surprise she was named in Refinery29’s “17 Faces of the Future of Feminism.

Andrea Pippins

Andrea Pippins is an illustrator, designer, and author who has been featured in O: The Oprah Magazine, Family Circle, The Huffington Post, Bustle, and more. She has done work with brands such as Free People, Lincoln Center, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Andrea is the author of I Love My Hair, a coloring book featuring her illustrations celebrating various hairstyles and textures, and Becoming Me, for young women to color, doodle, and brainstorm their way to a creative life.  Andrea’s new book, Young, Gifted & Black, was released Spring 2018. Andrea produces artwork with a mission to create what she wants to see and a vision to empower women and girls of color and people in underserved communities with visual tools to own and tell their own stories.

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