Growing up on Long Island (NY), Adrea Theodore’s goal was to become a clever girl; but somehow she ended up in North Carolina, becoming a pediatrician instead. While dreaming of a life near the ocean, she writes in part to give voice to the M & M’s among us: the marginalized and the mistreated. (You were thinking about the chocolate weren’t you? Me too.)
A History of Me
Illustrated By: Erin K. Robinson
Life can be hard for the only brown girl in a classroom full of white students. When the teacher talks about slavery, she can feel all of her classmates staring at her. When they talk about civil rights, she is the one that other kids whisper about on the playground. In those moments, she wants to slip away or seep into the ground; and she wonders, is that all you see when you look at me?
What really matters is what she sees when she looks at herself. She is a reflection of the courage, strength, intelligence and creativity that’s been passed down from generation to generation through her ancestors.
Inspired by her daughter’s experience in school as well as her own, Adrea Theodore’s debut picture book is a powerful testament to the past as well as a benediction for the future.