From multi-award-winning singer, artist, actress, and icon Mary J. Blige comes a fun and inspirational story that teaches young readers they can be anything, and they are enough.
Most of the time, people say "no" or "you can't" because they dream too small.
Young Mary has been told that there are many things she can't do. Like stay up past bedtime, or be an astronaut or become president. But what she really wants is to sing, and she isn't about to let anyone tell her she can't do it!
A powerful motivating tale about a confident and ambitious girl who doesn't feed into negativity, this debut children's book from legendary artist Mary J. Blige proves that anyone can make their dreams come true by believing in themselves. It's a great conversation starter for overcoming discouragement from others.
Brought to life with imaginative illustrations by Ezra Jack Keats Award-winning illustrator Ashleigh Corrin, Mary Can! is perfect for go-getters who aren't afraid to be a YES in a world full of NOs.
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About the Author
Ashleigh Corrin is an award-winning children's book illustrator. Her debut illustrated book, Layla's Happiness, written by Mariahdessa Ekere Tallie, received the 2020 Ezra Jack Keats Illustrator Award, as well as the Writer Honor. Her appreciation for philanthropic work and acts of service shaped her dream of creating art to uplift and inspire youth and the young at heart. Ashleigh lives in Virginia with her daughter and her husband. More of her work can be viewed at www.ashleighcorrin.com or on instagram (@ashleigh_corrin).
Infused with an affirming tone, this picture book features bright, peppy colors, plenty of energy, and a winsome protagonist... Will please the author's adult fans and win her a new generation of admirers. -- Kirkus Reviews
[A] solid choice. -- School Library Journal