Riley Can Be Anything By Davina Hamilton, Illustrated By Elena Reinoso (2017) – paperback

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What a delightful book! Rather than use famous names to teach children about success, Hamilton personalizes the story to the primary character, Riley. One day, big cousin Joe asks young Riley, “when you grow up, what are you going to be?” Riley had no clue! So cousin Joe provides Riley with a plethora of possible career paths, using the successful black members of their family as the examples. Riley learns about his Uncle Ted, the great chef, Uncle Dan the doctor, Great Granddad Frank the pilot, and more. It’s so great to have a story that normalizes Black success. Hamilton’s rhyming text adds to the joyousness of this inspirational story.

Take-away message: You can be anything that you want to be! And what better example to have than the strong, successful black men in your own family.

TAGS: male lead, Black, cousins, family, self-published, paperback

About the Author:
Davina Hamilton is a children’s author, journalist and mother-of-two. The former Entertainment Editor for British publication, The Voice newspaper, Davina spent 14 years with the company, before making her foray into the world of children’s literature. 2017 saw the release of her critically acclaimed debut children’s book, Riley Can Be Anything. Her celebrated follow-up title, Riley Knows He Can was released in 2018; followed by her hugely anticipated new book, Ella Has A Plan. Hailing from London, UK, Davina resides in Toronto, Canada with her husband and their two children.

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Also in the series:
Riley Knows He Can

Ella Has A Plan

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