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Dear Black Girls


Available in hardcover and PDF (and EPUB, upon accessibility-related request)

Written by Shanice Nicole | Illustrated by Kezna Dalz

Winter 2021

Loan Stars Junior List Winter 2021
Best Books for Kids and Teens (CCBC) Fall 2021, starred selection

Dear Black Girls is a letter to all Black girls. Every single day poet and educator Shanice Nicole is reminded of how special Black girls are and of how lucky she is to be one. Illustrations by Kezna Dalz support the book’s message that no two Black girls are the same but they are all special—that to be a Black girl is a true gift. In this celebratory poem, Kezna and Shanice remind young readers that despite differences, they all deserve to be loved just the way they are.

Shanice Nicole is a Black feminist educator, facilitator, writer, and (out)spoken word artist. She believes that everyone has the power to make change and dreams of a freer world for us all. Learn more about her work at

Kezna Dalz is a multidisciplinary artist from Montreal. You can recognize her work by the raw features and bright colours. The recurring themes addressed are feminism, the fight against racism, popular culture as well as the relationship to sexuality. She sometimes tackles difficult subjects, making them accessible through a pastel and soft universe with naive features.

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Author: Shanice Nicole
Illustrator: Kezna Dalz

ISBN: 9781999058838 (print)

ISBN: 9781998898138 (PDF)

  • Hardcover, 32 pages
  • Printed in Quebec
  • Publication date: February 8, 2021

“A powerful, honest affirmation of belonging that is striking in its poeticism.” —Quill & Quire, starred review

“The illustrations are colourful, vivid, and cheerful, reflecting the joy and hope of the text.” —CM: Canadian Review of Materials, Highly Recommended

Dear Black Girls is a much-needed manifesto for these times, and the book I needed, though I didn’t know it, when I was a girl myself. Honest, beautifully illustrated and poignant, this book stands to improve any shelf that it finds a home on.” —Robyn Maynard, parent and author of Policing Black Lives

Dimensions 19.1 × 19.1 cm

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Print books available for purchase to addresses in Canada and the United States. PDF available worldwide.