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I am always on the lookout for children’s books that not only tell a good story, but also provide teachable moments. So you can imagine how happy I was to find author Damyionne Brown’s Instagram account! Her new children’s book, Aida Brown Finds Her Crown, is an inspiring story about a little girl searching for what makes her special. This is a story that definitely deserves a children’s book review feature!
While Aida’s story is geared toward African-American girls and the pressure they feel to look a certain way, I thought it was a terrific opportunity to teach my son that everyone is equally beautiful. Not to get political, but if there’s anything our society needs right now, it’s love and acceptance of others. I reached out to Damyionne in the hopes that she would give me the honor of reviewing her book and was beyond thrilled when she agreed!
Excerpt from the book cover: “When Aida discovers that all her friends have their own special crowns, she worries she’ll never have her own. She doesn’t have a mane like the lion or spots like the giraffes, so what makes her special? Does she have her own crown?”
Joining Aida on her journey through the African jungle as she searches for her crown is a delightful experience! From her fun, helpful friends to the message behind her story, this book is thought provoking and empowering for every child. Not only does it give insight into another culture, Aida Brown shows how to be accepting of what makes others unique and beautiful.
The inspiration Behind the Book
When I asked Damyionne about the inspiration for Aida’s story, she told me she “wrote Aida Brown Finds Her Crown to inspire little girls (and boys!) to look deeper in the mirror and see exactly whats there.” Damyionne is a first grade teacher in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She sees many children seeking to find themselves and noticing what’s not there due to characteristics and features of their friends. She too, never felt as pretty as her peers as a child. Damyionne hopes Aida Brown can be a positive “voice for those beautiful children and encourage them to be their own kind of beautiful!”
My thoughts on the book.
Damyionne’s writing is so fun and lighthearted that it makes an important topic easy to understand without being overwhelming. The helpfulness of Aida’s friends throughout her journey actually remind me of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. They have a “better together” attitude that immediately makes me think of the catchy jingles from Daniel Tiger that are all about acceptance, helpfulness and empathy.
I honestly can’t get enough of this story. Maybe it’s because I myself struggled with feeling different and not as “pretty” as my peers as a child. Maybe the story resonates so deeply with me because as a mom of boys, I strive for them to treat everyone equally no matter their ethnicity or gender.
Aida’s story is one that children need to hear, whether to help them feel special or to broaden their understanding of this world we live in.
In fact, I love this book so much that I’m hosting an Instagram giveaway! One lucky person will receive a signed copy of Aida Brown Finds Her Crown in their mailbox! Pretty awesome, right?
To enter, do the following:
- Follow me on Instagram at @lovelymessylife
- Follow Aida on Instagram at @thebookofaida
- Comment and tag a friend or two who would love this book! Please, no spamming with multiple comments. Each IG handle will only be counted once.
Just a note, you must be a US resident to participate in this giveaway.
Didn’t win the giveaway? Don’t frown! Pick up your own copy of Aida Brown Finds Her Crown on Amazon for $14.95!
About the Author
Damyionne grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. As a little girl, she wore afro puffs similar to Aida’s and dreamed of being a teacher and an author. Even when her childhood changed dramatically after her family was displaced by Hurricane Katrina, Damyionne never lost sight of her dreams. Today, she teaches first grade in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Aida Brown Finds Her Crown is her first children’s book.