Books Early Readers Genre Lifespan of a Reader Picture Books Reading Themes Voices From The Fringe: Social Justice

Speaking The Voice Of Love

... in "Have I Ever Told You?" by Shani King and Anna Horvath.

Myra here.

While I have read this picturebook a few months back, I was waiting for the exact right moment to share it.


Have I Ever Told You? [Amazon | Book Depository]

Written by Shani King Illustrated by Anna Horvath
Published by Tilbury House Publishers (2019)
ISBN: 0884487199 (ISBN13: 9780884487197). Borrowed from NLB Overdrive. Book photos taken by me.

As we feature voices from the fringe, I thought it was important to also feature voices of optimism, love, and courage. This book is narrated by an adult to a loved young human, expressing messages of affection and encouragement, coupled with the constant gentle question “Have I ever told you?” 

As a parent, I am moved by how there is this concerted effort to shelter and protect the young child, without being overbearing – simply a desire to enclose one in warmth and comfort, with gentle hands guiding one home.

I also like how the affirming message does not only lift up the young reader, but also empowers him or her to also lift up other people and to actively speak out when an injustice is happening:

This is a beautiful book with a powerful message of inclusivity that did not seem too heavy handed to me. This will serve as a perfect gift for young readers everywhere.


#ReadIntl2020 Update: Shani King is POC from Florida, Anna Horvath is from Switzerland

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

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