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.
“The book says all the things we could and should say to our children.” ―Jennifer Woolard, Associate Professor in Developmental Science, Georgetown University
“Beautiful and thought-provoking.” ―António Guterres, Secretary- General of the United Nations
“I adore this book.” ―James Forman Jr., Pulitzer Prize – winning author of Locking Up Our Own
MOONBEAM SPIRIT AWARD For dedication to children’s books and literacy and for inspired writing, illustrating and publishing. Compassion: Have I Ever Told You? by Shani King; illustrated by Anna Horváth