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Children's Fiction Girls & Women

Black Girl, Black Girl

by (author) Angela Bowden

illustrated by Letitia Fraser

Nimbus Publishing
Initial publish date
Feb 2024
Girls & Women, Business, Careers, Occupations, General, Values & Virtues
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2024
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  • Reading age: 4 to 9


A vibrantly illustrated picture book celebrating of Black girl power from celebrated spoken-word poet Angela Bowden and rising-star artist Letitia Fraser.

Girly or braided with cowrie shells
Cornrows of history her magic tells
Of dreadlocks Bantu knots and stunning afros
Bonnets and wraps with a beautiful bow
Black Girl, Black Girl

A powerful message of self-love for melanated girls of all shades, hair textures, sizes, expressions, ages, and passions, this musical work of spoken-word poetry explores all the lives a Black girl can dream of – from athletics to STEAM-related careers, journalism and law, art and medicine, and more. Through vibrant, colourful artwork, young readers will recognize illustrations of famous Black women from across North America, like Simone Biles, Drs. Angela Davis, Mayann Francis, and Carrie Best, alongside local heroes from Nova Scotia's historic Black communities.

Encouraging imagination, confidence, and being your whole authentic self, this bold and beautiful read-aloud will inspire Black girls everywhere to claim their space in the world, and lift each other up in the process.

About the authors

Angela Bowden is an African Nova Scotian poet, author, TEDx speaker, writer, and activist. A descendent of the stolen Africans sold through the transatlantic slave trade, her roots were preserved through the Black Loyalists? arrival in Birchtown and subsequent migrations to Guysborough County and New Glasgow, where she was born and raised. Her ongoing work and published book of poetry, UnSpoken Truth: unmuted and unfiltered, highlights, documents, and challenges systemic and overt racism entrenched in Nova Scotia. A strong advocate of self-care, she encourages self-love, self-empowerment, deep healing, and change. Angela writes in many genres; Black Girl, Black Girl is her first children's book.

Angela Bowden's profile page

Letitia Fraser is an interdisciplinary artist with a focus in painting and textile. Born and raised in Halifax Nova Scotia, Letitia is also a proud descendant of North Preston. She is a graduate of NSCAD University, and draws inspiration for her paintings from her family and community's history of quilting. Her artwork has been featured in exhibits at the Black Cultural Centre of Nova Scotia, the Freedom Festival Art Exhibit, in magazines and books, and has received the Nova Scotia Arts Endowment Fund Scholarship and the 2018 RBC Emerging Artist Award from Nova Scotia Talent Trust. She was longlisted for the 2022 Sobey Art Award. Fraser continues her practice in Halifax, NS.

Letitia Fraser's profile page

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