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Book Trailer Tuesday Spotlight: YOU ARE MY PRIDE

This week’s featured book trailer is the video that showcases You Are My Pride: A Love Letter from Your Motherland. This book is perfect for a school or homeschool classroom that loves to talk about STEM concepts, biology and evolution, and creative writing.

The beautifully-illustrated children’s book is written as a love song, which makes it a wonderful read-aloud. You Are My Pride is perfect for early elementary school: Grades K-3, and ages 4-8.

About the trailer:

Length: One minute, thirty-four seconds (1:34).

In this book trailer the author, Carole Boston Weatherford reads aloud from select pages of the book. In the background, artwork from the pages illustrated by E. B. Lewis move slightly to reveal powerful images.

About the book:

In this powerfully written and beautifully illustrated picture book by award-winning author and illustrator team Carole Boston Weatherford and E. B. Lewis, Mother Africa addresses her offspring of all colors in all corners of the earth, reminding us of our timeless bond. Read more.

Praise for the book:

★ “A love letter to humans, all of whom originated in Africa. Told in second person by Africa herself…in beautifully evocative free verse… Lewis’s gorgeous, dreamlike watercolors sharpen as they move closer to contemporary life….A strikingly illustrated, innovative story of human evolution at the intersections of science and art.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“There is a deep, melodic cadence to the words of You Are My Pride, a lyrical appeal to the world’s children to remember their planet and take care of it…Lewis’ watercolor illustrations are the perfect complement, capturing the watery swirl from which humans evolved into upright creatures and developed the skills to survive in nature…The genre-crossing nature makes this an ideal title for both the science and ELA classrooms—or simply as a read-aloud with the potential for rich discussion.” —Booklist

About the author:

Carole Boston Weatherford is an award-winning poet and author of more than a dozen books for children, including A Negro League Scrapbook. She lives in High Point, North Carolina. Learn more.

About the illustrator:

E.B. Lewis is an award-winning illustrator and fine artist who has illustrated over seventy books for children. He teaches at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Visit

The making of the book trailer:

This book trailer was made in-house by our marketing team, using the high-resolution illustrations. First, we picked the most eye-catching illustrations in the book, and then we went back to find a way to summarize the text in the book to go with the images. We asked the author to record this shortened text, and were so happy that she was available to do it! We used a stock music site subscription to choose music that we thought enhanced the message and brought the images to life.

Read an excerpt: