If you have a daughter and like poetry, you should definitely pick up a copy of B by Sarah Kay.
If you don’t have a daughter, this would be a good title to give to any of your mom friends with girls of their own.
This short book is the illustrated version of a poem that Ms. Kay first performed at a TED conference in 2011. It is a sweet, but quirky look at her hopes and dreams for the children she might have in the future. B starts off:
If I should have a daughter, instead of Mom, shes gonna call me Point B, because that way she knows that no matter what happens, at least she can always find her way to me. And Im going to paint solar systems on the backs of her hands so she has to learn the entire universe before she can say, Oh, I know that like the back of my hand.
Although the phrasing is a bit unusual, I suspect most moms can agree with the sentiment. If you go to the Amazon page for the book, you can watch a video clip of Ms. Kay performing the poem in its entirety.
Ms. Kay began performing her poems in New York City when she was just 14 years old. She is currently the founder and co-director of Project V.O.I.C.E.
Project V.O.I.C.E. encourages people to use use spoken word poetry as a creative outlet and a tool world understanding. Sophia Janowitz, the illustrator for her book, is her oldest childhood friend.
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