A History of Me
by Adrea Theodore
Illustrated by Erin K. Robinson
* * * * * Stars (Amazing!)
Powerful. Based on the author’s own experiences going to school and feeling singled out as the only brown person, feeling embarrassment when learning about slavery and civil rights along with her classmates – all white. Loving to learn, grateful for the opportunities that her grandmother and great grandmother did not have, but… Having to endure outright racism, microaggressions, and insensitivity about how these topics are taught. Adrea Theodore wants more for her daughter – understanding of the resilience and strength of her ancestors, and feeling that she can be anything she wants to be. Share this book widely.
Reviewed by YA Librarian