With recent starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly, ALL BECAUSE YOU MATTER is on the way with a release date of October 6, 2020. Scholastic calls this picture book “an ode to black and brown children everywhere that is full of hope, assurance, and love.” The poetic text from author Tami Charles and Bryan Collier’s stunning illustrations work together beautifully.

I can see why Tami says this is the book of her heart. As a mother of a son myself, I find this picture book emotionally deep and heartfelt.

ALL BECAUSE YOU MATTER lets children know that there will be times in life when unfairness occurs – and that regardless of the circumstances, they are loved, they matter in the world, and they are surrounded by a supportive community that is cheering them on.

Here are some of the stand-out elements I love:

Tami’s son is on the cover. Tami’s son, Christopher, is featured throughout this book. Renowned illustrator Bryan Collier invited Tami and her son to participate in a photo shoot as part of inspiring the illustrations. So they were the models. I love these gorgeous eyes!

The poetic language sounds like a lullaby. This book serves as a love letter for all children, and the gentle rhythm of the text reinforces the sentiment.  

The book helps start conversations. Tami says her son has asked a lot of questions about things he has seen on television or discussed in class, such as why Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated. Tami wanted to put her feelings into words about how much her son means to her, and she also wanted to help parents and educators start conversations about the racial climate in the country.

In the author’s note, Tami writes: “As Christopher grew, so grew my fears as a mother. I wanted to keep my little boy shielded from the cruelties of the world. But whenever I turned on the news, I would see the same story repeated as countless young Black men and women were taken away too soon.”

Powerful illustrations convey deep meaning. The art is painted in watercolor and collages. Bryan’s grandmother was a quiltmaker, and that influence shines through. He says he started with the single shape of a flower petal, and he built a background with those shapes, creating a layered effect. The petals transform into the sky and the faces of ancestors (take a close look at the book cover). Of the above spread, Bryan says, “The stripes represent the oceans and rivers that connect us all and that connect us to our past and our ancestors.”

Tami with her son – visit her website.

Bryan Collier – visit his website.

Thanks for reading & see you next time!

Congratulations to Deborah Buschman for winning a SUPER MANNY book from my August post!


Michelle Meadows

Michelle Meadows is the author of many acclaimed books for children. She loves dreaming up new projects and telling stories with heart. Connection, compassion, and family are common themes in her work. Michelle's books include FLYING HIGH: The Story of Gymnastics Champion Simone Biles and BRAVE BALLERINA: The Story of Janet Collins. Michelle also contributed to BLACK BALLERINAS: My Journey to Our Legacy by Misty Copeland. Michelle graduated from Syracuse University with a dual degree in journalism and literature. Michelle is represented by literary agent Rosemary Stimola of the Stimola Literary Studio. Michelle grew up in Washington, D.C. and now lives near the beach in Delaware with her husband. To learn more about Michelle's books, visit her website:


  1. I can’t wait to see this book. I love it when a beautiful book has a beautiful story behind it!

  2. I’m looking forward to receiving my preordered copy. I love Tami’s and Bryan’s work.

  3. Debra Kempf Shumaker

    Wow, this looks beautiful and sweet. Can’t wait to read it.

  4. Wow. I’m preordering now. Absolutely beautiful!

  5. Saying this is beautiful, doesn’t seem like enough. Bryan’s art with Tami’s words are a perfect combination.

  6. Wow -a gorgeous and heartfelt book -congrats!

  7. Oh my – such a very special book in so many ways!

  8. What a beautiful tribute to Christopher and gorgeous art. Love the textured quality. Have been a fan of Bryan’s art for a long time! Congrats, Tami & Bryan!

  9. Thank you so much for sharing the beauty of this important book. I look forward to owning it.

  10. This looks amazing! Definitely on my TBR list!

  11. Looks amazing! Congratulations!

  12. Such a empowering book for kids. Congratulations!

  13. Beyond gorgeous, poetry and art. Thank you for sharing this. ?

  14. This is definitely on my list and I know exactly who I’ll be giving it to.

  15. Thank you.

  16. What a beautiful book with such moving words. I look forward to reading it! Thank you.

  17. What a complete HEART book! Looking forward to reading this.

  18. Congratulations, Tami, and thank you for bringing this book into the world!
    Thank you, Michelle, for letting us know this book is out there!

  19. Beautiful! Love the cover-those eyes! Congrats!

  20. I love everything about this. All Because You Matter is going to become a treasured classic.

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