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All Because You Matter

Illustrator: Bryan Collier

  • AGES 4 - 8 
  • Genre Fiction
Discover this poignant, timely, and emotionally stirring picture book, an ode to black and brown children everywhere that is full of hope, assurance, and love.

Tami Charles pens a poetic, lyrical text that is part love letter, part anthem, assuring readers that they always have, and always will, matter. This powerful, rhythmic lullaby reassures readers that their matter and their worth is never diminished, no matter the circumstance: through the joy and wonder of their first steps and first laughter, through the hardship of adolescent struggles and the pain and heartbreak of current events, they always have, and always will, matter. Accompanied by illustrations by renowned artist Bryan Collier, a four-time Caldecott Honor recipient and a nine-time Coretta Scott King Award winner or honoree, All Because You Matter empowers readers with pride, joy, and comfort, reminding them of their roots and strengthening them for the days to come.

Lyrical, personal, and full of love, All Because You Matter is for the picture book audience what The Hate U Give was for YA and Ghost Boys was for middle grade: a conversation starter, a community touchstone, and a deep affirmation of worth for the young readers who need it most.


New York Times Bestseller!

"[All Because You Matter] is basically perfect.”

- Lillian Welch, Island Books

"There is nothing like All Because You Matter out there. It has carved out a niche for itself that only it could fill."

- Betsy Bird, Fuse#8 Production

“Beautiful and meaningful.”

- Linda Lakshminarayanan, School Librarian

"This #ownvoices picture book will facilitate conversation about equity and inequality"

- Melanie Dulaney, Librarian

“Powerful… I will be using it in my classroom in September.”

- Elizabeth OBrien, Teacher

“This book will make kids feel important and worthy”

- Lauren Miller, Library Aide

“Lovely, thought-provoking and touching.”

- Melissa Shuman, Outreach Librarian