Today I found one of the books to give my youngest niece when she turns five next month.
I'm a Girl hits all the right spots as far as diversity, girl power, non-gender bias and positive self-image goes. And it's also a lot of fun!
Ismail has created a fun-loving girl who likes to be active, noisy and play in mud, all the while wearing her favourite T and shorts with matching necklace! Ismail's illustrations also perfectly match her protagonists energetic and vibrant nature.
She constantly has to declare "I'm a girl, I'm a girl, I'm a girl" when people mistake her for a boy. She refuses to be restricted by other peoples expectations or stereotypes.
But this is not a heavy-handed issues book.
I'm a Girl is a celebration from start to finish.