Your Life Matters! by Chris Singleton

Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCBD) is in its 10th year! This non-profit children’s literacy initiative was founded by Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen; two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural books and authors on the market while also working to get those books into the hands of young readers and educators. 

Each year authors and publishing companies provide multicultural children's books for educational bloggers and social media influencers to read and write about online. In previous years, I've written about Hi, My Name is JennyA Unicorn Ate My HomeworkEvelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away, and From My Window. This year, I was given a copy of Your Life Matters by Chris Singleton to read. Keep reading to learn more about Your Life Matters and how you can integrate it into your social studies lessons. 

Learn about Your Life Matters by Chris Singleton and learn how you can use this book in your language arts and social studies lessons.
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Your Life Matters by Chris Singleton is a motivational children's book that reminds Black children that their lives matter. It was written in 2021, during a time in which racial violence and intolerance have deeply affected Black children and their families. These children have witnessed violence, riots and protests in places such as Ferguson, Baltimore, Charleston, Milwaukee, and Charlotte. In a time in which children might feel uncertain and fearful, Your Life Matters was written to give them comfort, validation, and hope for their future.

Author's Summary

Empowering and validating, Your Life Matters reassures Black children everywhere that no matter what they hear, no matter what they experience, no matter what they're told, their lives matter. Written by national speaker Chris Singleton, who lost his own mother in the 2015 Charleston church shooting, Your Life Matters teaches kids to stand tall in the face of racial adversity and fight for the life they dream of. Each page depicts a famous hero from Black history mentoring a child of today and encouraging them to use their mind, heart, voice, and hands in that fight.

Hero-mentors in the book include Maya Angelou, Jackie Robinson, Martin Luther King, Jr., Aretha Franklin, Katherine Johnson, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglas, Mary McLeod Bethune, George Washington Carver, and others.
🍎 Title: Your Life Matters
🍎 Author: Chris Singleton
🍎 Illustrator: Taylor Barron
🍎 Publisher: Bushel and Peck Books
🍎 Year: 2021
🍎 Pages: 32

Your Life Matters! by Chris Singleton

Essential Vocabulary Words and Concepts

In order for your students to fully understand the context in which Your Life Matters was written, there are some essential vocabulary words and concepts you may need to review with your students. Being able to understand these words and concepts will help them understand the important message of the story.

The essential vocabulary words and concepts include:
  • Black Lives Matter
  • racial adversity
  • racism
  • prejudice
  • heroes
  • mentors
  • headlines
  • invisible
  • future
  • mystery
  • generations
  • truth
  • balm
  • foundations
  • right is right
  • forgive
  • inspire

Your Life Matters! by Chris Singleton

Famous Black Americans Mini Research Project

Many of the illustrations in Your Life Matters feature famous Black Americans who have heavily influenced art, science, sports, music, politics, and history. These famous Black Americans include:
  • Harriet Tubman
  • President Barack Obama
  • Katherine Johnson
  • George Washington Carver
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Maya Angelou
  • Jackie Robinson
  • Muhammad Ali
  • Tegla Loroupe

After reading Your Life Matters with your students, take the time to talk about each of these people and how they made significant impacts on the people around them. How did/do they help others? How did/do they inspire others? How did/do they make the world a better place? 

Your Life Matters! by Chris Singleton

If you'd like, you can have your student complete this mini-research project about the Black Americans featured in this book. Young readers can use the information from the back of the book to help them, whereas older readers can use other sources to find the information they need.

Your Life Matters Free Printable

To download a FREE copy of this printable (one page in all), please click on the image above. Clicking this image will take you to the Teachers-Pay-Teachers third-party website. This is a FREE download-- no purchase necessary.

Your Life Matters! by Chris Singleton

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Did you enjoy this post about Your Life Matters and Multicultural Children's Book Day 2023? If so, check out these blog posts about the other MCBD books I've written about in the past:

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