Yamile Saied Méndez wrote one of my favorite picture books last year, Where You Are From?, chronicling what it’s like to be a BIPOC child in America. In this companion, What Will You Be?, she pairs with illustrator Kate Alizadeh to create an uplifting story in which a young girl explores with her abuela the many opportunities open to her in life, such as being an explorer, dreamer, student, leader, and best of all, just being herself. A great pick for ages four and up. Recommended By Kim T., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
From Yamile Saied M ndez, acclaimed author of Where Are You From?, comes a stunning second picture book of self-discovery called What Will You Be? This lyrical picture book tells the story of one girl who is always asked a simple question that doesn't have a simple answer. Perfect for fans of Happy Dreamer by Peter H. Reynolds!
What will you be when you grow up?
A young girl dreams about all the endless possibilities, sparking a sense of wonder, curiosity, and growth. With her abuela's loving guidance, she learns her potential is limitless.
Yamile Saied Méndez's powerful, lyrical text and Kate Alizadeh's colorful, stunning art are a radiant celebration of family, love, and community.
A Spanish-language edition, ¿Qué Serás?, is also available.
About the Author
Yamile (pronounced sha-MEE-lay) Saied Méndez has been a builder, maker, organizer, cheerleader, writer, driver, cook, learner, mentor, referee, personal assistant, psychic, stylist, designer, investigator, healer, counselor, gardener, translator, memory keeper, and above all, an asker of questions. She's a graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts and a founding member of Las Musas collective. Visit her at www.yamilesmendez.com.
Kate Alizadeh is a British-Iranian illustrator who lives in Northern Ireland with her wife and two mischievous cats. She has a bachelor's degree with honors from Falmouth University, and she has illustrated several picture books. Visit her at www.katealizadeh.net.