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I Am My Ancestors' Wildest Dreams

I Am My Ancestors' Wildest Dreams

Current price: $20.99
Publication Date: September 19th, 2023
Scholastic Press
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YOU are your ancestors' wildest dreams. How will you express YOUR greatness? Perfect for fans of I Am Every Good Thing, Little Legends, and All Because You Matter.

"Affirming. . . . A joyful tribute." -- Kirkus Reviews

“A vibrant, heartwarming celebration of Black excellence.” — School Library Journal


From my crown

down to the kicks

on my feet...

I AM my ancestors' wildest dreams.

In this electrifying anthem to Black boy joy and pride, a young child discovers his place in a distinguished lineage. As he meets ten exceptional Black men--historical and contemporary figures who have paved the way for his own future success--he internalizes their greatness. Just like them, he can reach his dreams. And just like him, you have within you big potential.

About the Author

Tanisia Moore views writing as her avenue for giving hope, sharing life's lessons, and sparking imaginations. In her debut picture book, I Am My Ancestors' Wildest Dreams, she introduced young readers to famous Black men with the intention of inspiring Black boys to dream and live big. In that same spirit, I Am Black Girl Magic aims to empower young girls and remind them of their strength as it shines a light on famous Black women who blazed a trail for them. It is the book she wished she had as a child. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband and three young children. Learn more at
Robert Paul Jr. has a love for people and everyone’s unique story. He hopes to help children lead fun, positive, and enriched lives through storytelling. Illustrating I Am Black Girl Magic allowed him to pay tribute to the legacy of not only the prolific Black women in the story, but countless Black women throughout history and his own life. Robert lives in Houston, Texas, with his family. You can see more of his work at

Praise for I Am My Ancestors' Wildest Dreams

"The energetic text reads like a smooth stream of affirmations. . . . The cartoonlike illustrations use bright colors, cheerful faces, and confident poses to emphasize the power of the child's positive self-image. . . . With the resonance of the titular saying and additional affirming phrases in the child’s assured voice, this book will lend confidence to Black children and remind all readers of the dignity and contributions of African American people. A joyful tribute to share with young children." -- Kirkus Reviews

“A vibrant, heartwarming celebration of Black excellence and Black ancestors. . . . invokes hope and resilience while still being a positive, uplifting meditation. . . .Spot on for young readers [and] older readers who may be more familiar with the ancestors depicted.” — School Library Journal