Your Name Is a Song

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.

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 luisauribe.com.

Review Quotes:

★ This lovely celebration of African American culture, featuring a Muslim family, offers a fresh way to look at the tradition of creating new names. . . A delightful celebration.
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★ Simultaneously imparts a strong spark of sensibility and envelops readers in a warm embrace through an overdue, crucial lesson about the significance of honoring every individual’s cultural identity…
School Library Journal, starred review

  • Author’s previous book Mommy’s Khimar was selected as a Best Book of 2018 by NPR, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, and Shelf Awareness.
  • Illustrator is the 2018 winner of the Dilys Evans Founders Award for Children’s Illustrators.
  • List of names, pronounciations, and origins at the back of the book
  • Link to video of the author reading all of the names in the book

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