I Used to Be Famous by Tara Luebbe
and Becky Cattie
Do the illustrations look familiar? They should! That’s because they are by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff, who has illustrated a number of SUPER ADORBS books like:
Both of which were uplifting messages for the littles.
I Used to Be Famous is the story of a darling and multi talented Brown skinned girl who laments her fall from fame due to a new baby in the house. You’ll love our heroine because she’s not bratty at all.
There’s so much to love about this story because any child who’s had a new baby sibling in the family will be able to relate to Kiely’s (the star) feelings. Additionally, the book reflects positive images of an African American family, which while encouraging, allows readers to see that families of POC are no different than theirs. Similar to Peter’s Chair (Ezra Jack Keats) you’ll see the gentleness and understanding of what it means to be a big sibling.
I can’t love this book any more. It’s so friggin fraggin adorable.
Add I Used to Be Famous to your TBR pile for kids of all ages. It qualifies for the Diversity Reading Challenge too!
Becky Cattie has always had a flair for the dramatic and loves all things entertainment—especially character-driven narratives. She was a casting producer for reality TV shows like NBC’s America’s Got Talent, ABC’s Extreme Makeover, and E!’s The Simple Life in Los Angeles. She lives in Chicago. Tara Luebbe is a self-described “Picture Book Nerd.” In her previous life, she owned a toy and book store in Atlanta, which was a catalyst for writing her own books. This is the third picture book collaboration for sisters Tara and Becky; their first two books, I Am Famous and Shark Nate-O, were published in 2018. To learn more, visit http://beckytarabooks.
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