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Children's Nonfiction Alphabet

I Want to Be...

A Gutsy Girls' ABC

by (author) Farida Zaman

Second Story Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2020
Alphabet, Careers, Girls & Women
  • Board book

    Publish Date
    Apr 2020
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 0 to 3
  • Grade: p
  • Reading age: 0 to 3


Some jobs immediately sound fun—Candy Maker anyone?! And some jobs sound exciting—Oceanographer, Sportscaster, Aerialist! And some jobs—Kite Designer, Wind Farmer, Party Planner—sound so wonderful it’s hard to believe that they exist! Babies and toddlers will follow along with this ABC as it explores some of the amazing, and often unusual, jobs that people do. Each fun letter is complemented by an illustration of a girl filled with delight and wonder as she shows us how we can be, quite literally, anything we want to be.

About the author

Farida Zaman is an illustrator and designer. She runs school workshops for children to share her love of art, guest lectures at art colleges, and gives regular readings from books she has illustrated. Farida studied at Chelsea School of Art and Wimbledon College, both in London, followed by freelance work in Geneva, London, and New York, where her clients have included Swatch, Body Shop, London Underground, and The New York Times. She is a member of the Society of Illustrators and lives in Toronto.

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  • Commended, CCBC - Best Books for Kids and Teens - Fall

Editorial Reviews

"The message I Want to Be... brings is a message of unlimited possibilities, not just for women and girls but also for people who experience physical disabilities...Women and girls, regardless of age, ability, culture or race can become anything they aspire to become."

Johanna Beaumont

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