This little book holds the message of dignity that every child on this earth needs to hear: You are loved. You matter. You make me smile. You make me the happiest person in the world, just by being you.
“Have I ever told you that, for me, there is no one more special than you? That for me, you are the most special child in the world, and that I love you now and will love you forever? Have I ever told you that?”
Shani King wrote Have I Ever Told You? as a note to his children, to remind them that they are amazing in their individuality and that they have the power to choose who they want to be in this world. The illustrations create a masterful visual narrative: warm, witty, simple, profound, and as ferociously empowering as a children’s book can be.
About the Author
Shani Mahiri King (Miami, FL) is a law professor at the University of Florida, where he is director of the Center on Children and Families and an Associate Director of the Center on Race and Race Relations. Shani is the father of a nine-year-old daughter and a six-year-old son, for whom he wrote the picture books Have I Ever Told You? and Have I Ever Told You Black Lives Matter?
ANNA HORVÁTH makes colorful and magical paintings full of surprising details, sinuous lines, and funny creatures. Her mission is to encourage children to use their imaginations and dare to see the world differently. Anna lives in Switzerland with her wonderful children and husband and can be visited at www.annabies.me
Powerful words of love and encouragement are offered to children of all ages, races, religions, and walks of life in this picture book, whose refrain, “Have I told you?”, is followed by character-building affirmations of dignity, respect, and value. Beautifully textured mixed-media artwork depicts two small hands creatively interacting with much larger ones.Images swirl and dance across fingertips in this emotionally charged tribute to all of the exceptional children in the world.
— PALLAS GATES MCCORQUODALE - Foreword Review
A message of love and respect for self and others is charmingly
conveyed…Uplifting and upbeat…An affirming message all children should hear.
— Kirkus Reviews