Halima, Superhero Princess

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Pub Date Sep 03 2024 | Archive Date Aug 22 2024

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A young Black girl overcomes self-doubt and embraces her unique superhero princess identity in this energetic and empowering book from the author of I Will Swim Next Time.

Halima can't decide who to dress up as for her friend's birthday party. Should she be a princess like Elsa, or a sort-of superhero like Pippi Longstocking? "You can't be either," her friends tell her, "because you don't look like them."

Mama assures Halima can be whoever she wants to be, and together they discover more strong, brave women to look up to. Can Halima find the confidence to become her own unique superhero princess?

Heartfelt and uplifting, Halima's story encourages pride and self-expression in young readers, and introduces them to inspiring women of colour from around the world. African-diaspora mother Emily Joof is the author of I Will Swim Next Time. Åsa Gilland's vibrant and lively illustrations are full of fun.

A young Black girl overcomes self-doubt and embraces her unique superhero princess identity in this energetic and empowering book from the author of I Will Swim Next Time.

Halima can't decide who...

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What a cute little book! Just because they don’t look like you, does not mean you can’t be them! I love that Halima wanted to dress up as Pippi Longstocking, but it made me sad when her friends said “You can’t, you don’t look like her”. So then Halima decided to dress up as a superhero princess, after her mother told her about all the cool people that looked like her.
This is a great book to read with and for children to teach them about inclusion, and to be kind to people that might look different from themselves!

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My 6yo daughter absolutely loved this book! She is still getting comfortable with reading longer books so the fact that she read all of it on her own and actually paid attention to it says a lot! This was a super cute story and obviously attention grabbing. Great job!

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Time to share my weekly children’s book reviews. My kids get so excited to see what books I have to read before naps, bedtime, or at breakfast. There are some really cute ones to add to your children’s summer reading book lists!

Scooper and Dumper and the Pumpkin Parade by Lindsay Ward comes out July 8th. My three boys loved the trucks adventures with the pumpkins.

A Rubbish Journey by Jonah Rideout was a really cute chapter book my daughter loved. The story was fun, and entertaining. It comes out June 24.

Keep Trucking by Raven Howell was an adorable book. The illustrations were super cute and my boys again loved the truck story. It comes out May 10.

Ain’t It Funny by Margaret Gurevich was another fun chapter book about following your dreams. My daughter really enjoyed this one. It comes out October 14.

What Are They Feeling by the School of Life is one that is so sweet and great to explain emotions. The kids and I had some fun conversations to follow this one. It comes out September 11.

The Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Kar is a wonderful story of friendship, and takes you back to 1860. It comes out October 7.

Hailma Superhero Princess by Emily Joof was adorable. The storyline and illustrations were very exciting for the kids. It comes out September 2.

The Sun Never Hurries by Roxane Turcotte was my favorite. Such a precious story and the illustrations were darling. It comes out June 24.

Make a Little Wave by Kerry O’Malley Cerra is a really exciting story! My daughter said this was her favorite. She loved the characters. It comes out September 30.

To Mimi’s House We Go by Susan Meissner was another of my favorite. The story, the pictures, the adventure it took you on was absolutely precious. A fun one for the holidays. Comes out Sept 9.

Leonardo Cohen by Maria Isabel Sanchez-Vegara was a cute story! My kids love to learn new things and these are always so full of knowledge to take away. It comes out August 5.

Fall Feast by Sean Taylor made our family very excited for playing in the leaves. It comes out August 5.

Diwali by Sital Gorasia Chapman was such a good one for kids to learn about another culture. It comes out August 5.

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When Halima is invited to a superhero and princess party, Halima is disheartened when her friends suggest she cannot dress up like the heroes she lists because she doesn't look like them. With the gentle guidance from her mother, Halima discovers she can emulate anyone she admires and can even become someone who inspires others! "Halima, Superhero Princess" beautifully finds the balance between empowering children to relate to others based on their character and also validating that seeing people who look like you in important positions is inspiring. With vibrant and whimsical illustrations and descriptive prose, this book is sure to spark conversations about mentors, aspirations, and connections.

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