Kiki Finds Her Voice
Be True to You and Embrace Your God-Given Gifts
by Kierra Sheard-Kelly
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Pub Date 23 Jan 2024 | Archive Date 30 Jan 2024
When the school talent show creates an issue between her and her friends, little Kiki learns what it means to follow your heart and be a leader. Based on a true story from the life of Grammy-nominated singer and actress Kierra Sheard-Kelly, this inspiring picture book helps kids discover how to best use their God-given gifts and what it means to be true to yourself even when it’s not the popular thing to do.
The school talent show is a big deal, and Kiki is thrilled when the popular girls ask her to perform with them. But when the song her new friends choose turns out to be one Kiki’s parents don’t want her singing, she must decide if it’s more important to be popular and please her friends or speak up and do what she knows is right for her.
Kiki Finds Her Voice helps children ages 4-8:
- Learn how to stand up to peer pressure
- Embrace their differences and love what makes them unique
- Better understand how their faith plays a part in their everyday lives
In addition, Kiki Finds Her Voice is ideal for:
- birthday, back-to-school, Christmas, and holiday gifts
- bedtime and story time reading
- encouraging faith development, and building character and self-confidence
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Average rating from 13 members
"Kiki Finds Her Voice" by Kierra Sheard-Kelly deserves a solid 5-star rating. This heartwarming and empowering picture book beautifully conveys an essential message for children about staying true to themselves and embracing their God-given gifts.
The illustrations in this book are simply outstanding, capturing the essence of the story with vivid and engaging visuals that draw young readers into Kiki's world. The combination of the written narrative and the artistic interpretation is truly on point.
The story itself, based on a true experience from the life of Grammy-nominated singer and actress Kierra Sheard-Kelly, is both relatable and inspirational. It tackles the challenges that children often face in wanting to fit in and make friends while remaining authentic to their values and beliefs. Kiki's journey teaches kids the valuable lesson of standing up to peer pressure and staying true to themselves.
This book is not just a story about peer pressure; it also encourages children to embrace their uniqueness and love what makes them special. It demonstrates how faith can play a significant role in their everyday lives and decisions, making it an excellent resource for character development and faith building.
This book is versatile, making it an ideal gift for various occasions, including birthdays, back-to-school, Christmas, and holidays. It's perfect for bedtime and storytime reading, offering valuable lessons while entertaining young readers. "Kiki Finds Her Voice" is a must-read for parents and educators who want to instill confidence, character, and faith in the young hearts and minds of children. It's a five-star book that truly stands out in its ability to inspire and empower.
Kiki Finds her Voice is about a Christian girl who wants to fit in. She decides to sing a song with some popular girls for the talent show, but her parents convince her to sing a song that's more appropriate for herself. She chooses an inspirational song that is more suited to her faith and to who she is, and she knocks it out of the park! This is a wonderful story to show kids that they should be confident in who they are. Stand up and stand out! Wonderful illustrations and wonderful message. ❤️
Thanks Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to review this advanced review copy (ARC) in exchange for my honest review on the book!
Kiki is a young girl that loves to sing. She enters a talent competition with her three new friends singing a romance song and is accepted. Her mother finds out and is less-than-thrilled about the choice of song and tells Kiki that she's not allowed to sing it, and should instead choose a song from church. Kiki feels very upset because she feels like she has a very hard time fitting in already and that this will only increase the gap between her and the other girls. Her parents explain to her that she should not have to compromise her beliefs to make friends and that by being true to herself and her belief in God, she will always persevere.
This is a wonderfully illustrated book that features a main character that is both a person of color as well as a plus-sized person. I feel the representation is very important for children so they can either see a character they can relate to or if not, have a more normalized view of the diverse sizes and colors that all people can come in. The book carries a religious overtone, but I feel that even if a person is not Christian, they can still enjoy the story in the book and the message to children to always be themselves.
Kiki Finds Her Voice tells the story of Kiki as she decides to share her passion for church and god in her school's talent show after being told by her parents she cannot sing a song with her friends about love. I really enjoyed this book and the overall message of being true to yourself and your passions.
The illustrations throughout this book are gorgeous and I loved the different characteristics held by each individual.