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Oh The Things I Can Be When I See Me

Oh Things I Can Be When I See Me

Astronaut. Ballerina. Chef. Doctor. What do you want to be?

Samara and Lyric are cousins who love to visit their grandmother, MeMe. The girls talk about all the wonderful things they want to be. Their self-esteem and confidence grow as they learn about women who have done what they hope to do.

Oh, The Things I Can Be When I See Me was inspired by a grandmother’s conversations with her granddaughters. Filled with historical pioneers and modern-day trailblazers, this picture book empowers girls of color by providing examples of successful women who look like them.

“As the mother of two brown girls, I know how important it is for young girls to ‘see’ themselves. Oh, The Things I Can Be When I See Me is an engaging and powerful book, which encourages girls to pursue their dreams.”

—Dr. Karen M. R Townsend, women’s empowerment expert DrKarenTownsend.com

“What better way to start girls thinking about their endless career possibilities than Oh, The Things I Can Be When I See Me? Thank you, Valerie, for this magnificent gift to our girls!” BJsBigDream.com

—Dr. Sonia Cunningham Leverette, best-selling author of BJ’s Big Dream

“There’s no excuse for young people not knowing who the heroes and heroines are or were.”

—Nina Simone

Oh, The Things I Can Be When I See Me

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Companion sketches and multicultural crayons also available for your little ones to color.

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Things I Can Be Four-Year-Old Co-Author Featured on Atlanta's 11 Alive News

To Valerie J. Lewis Coleman, every conversation with a child is an opportunity to teach. Whether basic life skills, kindness or career aspirations, she encourages her grandbabies and other children to be the best they can be. ThingsICanBe.com

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Praise for Oh, The Things I Can Be When I See Me
If you enjoyed Dr. Seuss’ Oh, the Places You’ll Go, you’ll love Oh, The Things I Can Be When I See Me. Although the story features famous black women such as Michelle Obama, Serena Williams and Mariah Carey, everyone can benefit from the encouraging underlying message: You can be whatever you want to be. The realistic-looking artwork draws young children into the book and the story keeps them interested. After reading the book, why not read it again and act out the roles? Draw a picture while talking about artists, sing when discussing musicians, play a sport while talking about athletes or pretend to be a teacher. This book encourages creative play and letting children dream about what they would like to be when they grow up. All public and school libraries should have Oh, The Things I Can Be When I See Me.
—Barbara Fanson, Readers’ Favorite Reviewer

Cousins Samara and Lyric visit their grandmother, MeMe, for a weekend of fun and educational bonding. The young girls talk about the endless possibilities of what they could become and achieve. For every activity the girls do, MeMe inspires them with an example of a woman of color who made a difference in that art or discipline. MeMe serves as the mirror that explores African-American representation.
The thematic thread that holds this children’s book together is that you can be whatever you want to be and no one can stop you from achieving your dreams. Coleman succeeds in encouraging her young audience to dream and do. Oh, The Things I Can Be When I See Me is a delightful homage to growing up, imagination and a tribute to heritage.
—Vincent Dublado, Readers’ Favorite Reviewer

Oh, The Things I Can Be When I See Me is a children’s educational picture book written by Valerie J. Lewis Coleman. Samara and Lyric love staying overnight with their grandmother, MeMe, who encourages the cousins to think about what they want to be when they grow up. The sky is the limit for them, and knowing that women of color are doing what they dream about makes the future seem so much closer. Coleman includes activities and links to relevant sites. She wants young girls of color to ask themselves: “What’s my goal and how am I going to reach it?” Oh, The Things I Can Be When I See Me is highly recommended.
—Jack Magnus, Readers’ Favorite Reviewer

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Oh, The Things I Can Be When I See Me

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Companion sketches and multicultural crayons also available for your little ones to color.

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