An inspiring picture book from Scripps National Spelling Bee champ Zaila Avant-garde, filled with her favorite motivational words from Z to A. Perfect for your little book lover and spelling ace!
When 14-year-old Zaila Avant-garde became the first Black American student to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2021, the world took notice.
Now, this extraordinary speller, writer, and basketball champ celebrates the world of words, with 26 of Zaila's favorite words, such as KINDNESS, HOPE, and RESILIENCE, alongside Zaila's encouraging and poetic thoughts. Each bright and busy page also includes an inspiring quotation from a famous thought leader. And an afterword to the book details the fascinating origins of each word.
It's an uplifting picture book packed with motivation, learning, and fun, from one of America's most promising, unique, and accomplished young people.
PreS-Gr 2--In a colorful and busy picture book, 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee champion Avant-Garde writes an inspiring ABC of affirmations, but with a nod to her name, opens with Z. Every letter is a different color and each word is used in many affirmations and examples of how children can be great. Included are quotes from writers and leaders, such as Maya Angelou and Nelson Mandela. Although alphabet books are widely associated with young children, this can definitely be consumed by older readers or adults who may want or need some positive affirmations. The illustrations depict diverse children in happy settings, whether they are laughing, having fun outside, or spending time with loved ones. Back matter includes a lighthearted but thorough glossary. VERDICT A wonderfully uplifting book for the alphabet, affirmation, or novelty shelves.--Annmarie BraithwaiteCopyright 2023 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.