Your Name Is a Song

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Frustrated by a day full of teachers and classmates mispronouncing her beautiful name, a little girl tells her mother she never wants to come back to school. In response, the girl's mother teaches her about the musicality of African, Asian, Black-American, Latinx, and Middle Eastern names on their lyrical walk home through the city. Empowered by this newfound understanding, the young girl is ready to return the next day to share her knowledge with her class. Your Name is a Song is a celebration to remind all of us about the beauty, history, and magic behind names.

Your Name is a Song includes back matter perfect for parents, educators, caregivers, and young readers who want to learn more about the names featured in the story. The "Glossary of Names" lists each name's meaning, origin, and pronunciation. Additionally, readers can use a listed link to access an online video of the author pronouncing all the names in the book.

Author: Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
Binding Type: Hardcover
Publisher: Innovation Press
Published: 07/07/2020
Pages: 40
Weight: 1.1lbs
Size: 10.00h x 10.10w x 0.40d
ISBN: 9781943147724
Audience: Ages 4-8

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 2.5
Point Value: 0.5
Interest Level: Lower Grade
Quiz #/Name: 511210 / Your Name Is a Song

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 07/01/2020
School Library Journal 07/17/2020 pg. 1
Publishers Weekly 09/07/2020
Horn Book Magazine 11/01/2020 pg. 86
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2020 - Superior,Well Above Average

About the Author
JAMILAH THOMPKINS-BIGELOW is an educator and writer who centers Black and Muslim children in her work. She is the author of Mommy's Khimar, Your Name is a Song, and is a contributor to the Once Upon an Eid anthology. She provides free and fun community writing programs for local youth in Philadelphia where she lives with her family.

LUISA URIBE is an illustrator living in Bogotá, Colombia. She holds a graphic design degree from the National University of Colombia and an MA in art and design from Loughborough University. Find out more about her at

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