I Am Perfectly Designed

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Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media
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Gentle, loving tale of an affirming father-son relationship.

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Educational Value

A lot of word repetition for early readers, and more challenging vocabulary like "shoulders," "opposite," and "syrup" for those more advanced.

Positive Messages

Affirms the message that who you are is exactly right, that time together is important and delightful, and that you should be loved for who you are.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The dad shows unconditional love to his child, and says how much he enjoys the time they are together.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that I AM PERFECTLY DESIGNED, by Karamo Brown and Jason "Rachel" Brown is a gentle, loving look at how an affirming relationship between an adult and a child has real impact and can be a lifelong treasure for both. The vibrant, warm illustrations add another layer of feel-good loveliness to this father-son reflection on the cherished time they've spent together. Karamo is best known as the culture expert on Queer Eye, and first learned he had a son when Jason was 10 years old. The authors bring real depth to this story of human connection.

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What's the story?

I AM PERFECTLY DESIGNED takes readers through the early years of a loving relationship between a father and son, reminiscing about the time they've spent together and their unconditional love for each other. From the son riding on his dad's shoulders or getting held when he's sad or mad, to joint Halloween costumes or playing in the park and looking up at the stars, the message is clear: We are each perfectly designed as ourselves, and deserve to love and be loved for who we are.

Is it any good?

Loving messages and warm style and colors in the illustrations make this a great snuggle-up-and-read-together book. With a few simple words repeated throughout the book, the father-son author duo of Karamo and Jason Brown share a magnificent feeling of warmth and support. I Am Perfectly Designed tells readers that how they are physically and emotionally is exactly who they should be, that who they are matters, and that they should be loved and cherished as they are. Also that sharing your feelings out loud is important and allows another person to respond, and it's perfectly fine to ask for help.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what they like to do with the special people in their lives. Do you have memories like the ones in I Am Perfectly Designed?

  • What can we do to make more time for each other, and to make that time count?

  • What other books about parents and kids have you read?

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For kids who love stories of dads and self-esteem

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