When I was little, I had a head full of mousy-brown curly hair. I had no clue what to do with it and neither did my mom, whose own hair was pin straight and thin as thread. She told me to brush it 100 times a day (and oh my gosh, this still makes me giggle!) If only she had taught me at a young age to rock my mane, instead of trying to tame it! We laugh about it now - and when I first read the fun and fabulous Rock What Ya Got by Samantha Berger and vibrantly illustrated by Kerasocet, this was the first memory that came to mind. How I love this book - and how I wish I had it when I was a child and had dreams of Rapunzel flowing locks!
Rock What Ya Got, is the story of an artist who picks up a piece of paper and draws a little girl. The girl has a face, a body, two arms and legs, and a mane of wild black hair. The artist sighs deeply though, because her girl is not quite right. Yet something surprising happens every time the artist attempts to erase her creation: her character, Viva, grabs hold of the artist’s pencil and tries to stop her. Why? Because Viva likes who she is, and she wants the artist to let her rock what she’s got. Through lively illustrations, snappy rhyme and a jubilant tone, Viva ensures that she will not be erased. She wants to be celebrated instead!
What a merry and lively book this is, reminding each and every one of us to rock our special qualities and attributes. Rock What Ya Got is a unique take on the traditional books about self acceptance, and I especially love Viva’s fun rhyming mantra that empowers children to carve out their own spots in the world. The story and illustrations are upbeat and perfectly paired. Each turn of the page is surprising, inspiring and a joyous celebration of self, and I absolutely love the magic contained within the art. Rock What Ya Got is is one of those special books that all kids need to read frequently. It is the perfect reminder that even those parts of ourselves we wish we could change can become something extraordinary -- we simply must learn to rock them.
Want to #gettrunky with Rock What Ya Got? Here’s a great idea! Download the app BookCreator, it’s free! Or you can simply go to the Book Creator website. Once you have logged on, click the link for new book, and choose a shape. Next? Get creative! Pickle and I clicked on the plus sign in the top right corner, imported a picture of him drawing, then used the pen and text tools to circle his different features and describe why he loves them. This was a fun way to incorporate simple technology to create an even more immersive reading experience with Rock What Ya Got— you’ll teach your kids some new skills, all while enhancing his or her own sense of self. Here’s a photo of Pickle’s final result, which is now hanging in his room. I think he rocked it!
Want the book? Get it here! Rock What Ya Got, by Samantha Berger and illustrated by Kerasocet. *This is an affiliate link. HEE received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher, but all opinions contained herein are expressly our own.