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Becoming Vanessa Tonie

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These four empowering stories celebrate family, individuality, and self-acceptance and are read by their author and illustrator, Vanessa Brantley-Newton!

Just Like Me: Poetry That Speaks to Every Heart!

"Just Like Me" is a collection of poetry with engaging mini-stories about girls of all kinds. From happiness to fear, empowerment to vulnerability, this exquisite treasury resonates with diverse experiences. Every girl will find a poem that's just for them, fostering a love for self-expression and celebrating individuality.

Becoming Vanessa: A Tale of Confidence and Self-Discovery!

Vanessa embarks on her first day of school with uncertainty. However, the meaning behind her name, shared by her mother, becomes a source of confidence. This heartwarming story empowers kids starting school, helping them transform into beautiful butterflies who embrace their true selves.

Nesting Dolls: Roots of Beauty and Strength!

Anyiaka marvels at her beautiful Gullah Geechee family and the nesting dolls her Grandma crafted. Beyond outward appearances lies a deep-rooted strength and beauty within each family member. This story celebrates family values, individuality, and the enduring strength passed down through generations.


  • Empowering Stories: Inspires confidence, individuality, and self-acceptance.
  • Celebration of Family: Cherishes the bonds that make each family unique.
  • Poetic Exploration: Introduces the beauty of poetry to young minds.
  • Multicultural Narratives: Diverse stories that reflect the richness of life.
  • Heartfelt Lessons: Each tale imparts valuable life lessons with warmth and love.

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