What Will My Story Be?

by Nidhi Chanani (Author)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

A young girl hears stories from her aunties and then begins to imagine all the possibilities for her future.

From the creator of the critically acclaimed graphic novel Pashmina, comes a debut author-illustrated picture book that encourages kids to be their most creative selves and to imagine all the places that their stories can take them. After spending an afternoon listening to her aunties tell her stories from their pasts, a young girl ruminates on all of the tales that she can create using her imagination and begins to feel as if the possibilities for her future are endless. Filled with Nidhi Chanani's signature vibrant illustrations, What Will My Story Be? is for anyone who finds inspiration in the quiet moments and cherishes the wisdom of the generations that came before them.

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2-In her debut picture book, Chanani (author of the graphic novel Pashmina) has created a delightful tribute to the important role aunties play in loving and inspiring children. Listening to the stories her three diverse aunties tell about their lives and experiences, a young brown-skinned girl with a mass of dark curls dreams about what stories her life will inspire and imagines what her future could hold. Throughout the various scenarios, her aunties are by her side-playing, encouraging, and listening. The art is vibrant, whimsical, and sure to draw in readers. With one or two sentences per page, the book can easily sustain a child's attention, particularly in read-aloud settings. Sometimes quirky and funny, such as a scene of pantless animal pirates that is bound to elicit giggles, the book is mostly sweet. However, in something of a mixed message, one spread about teaching dragons to speak seems odd when juxtaposed with an earlier scene of the girl's aunties learning English. VERDICT Chanani has created an ode to the families we choose that mostly hits the mark.-Monisha Blair, Glasgow M. S., Alexandria, VA.

Copyright 2021 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.


The illustrations of the brown-skinned protagonist and racially diverse aunties are gentle and playful. Wisely counsels looking to our past to find our future.

Nidhi Chanani
Nidhi Chanani likes to dream kind and creative dreams. She's the author of the graphic novel Pashmina and the bilingual board book Shubh Raatri Dost/Good Night Friend, as well as the illustrator of the picture book I Will Be Fierce. Nidhi draws and dreams in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, child, and cat. Find more of her work at everydayloveart.com.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
October 20, 2021

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