Your Name Is a Song

Your Name Is a Song

by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

illustrated by Luisa Uribe

Frustrated by a day full of teachers and classmates mispronouncing her beautiful name, a little girl tells her mother she never wants to come back to school. In response, the girl's mother teaches her about the musicality of African, Asian, Black-American, Latinx, and Middle Eastern names on their lyrical walk home through the city. Empowered by this newfound understanding, the young girl is ready to return the next day to share her knowledge with her class. Your Name is a Song is a celebration to remind all of us about the beauty, history, and magic behind names.  (Description from the publisher)

  • 5 - 10 years
  • Publisher: The Innovation Press (July 7, 2020)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1943147724

Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, is a writer and educator who centers Black and Muslim children in her work. As a committed anti-racist educator, she has written and helped develop anti-racism curricula for children. Her first children's book, Mommy's Khimar, was rated a Notable or Best Book of 2018 by several organizations including NPR, Kirkus Review, and the American Library Association. In addition to writing, she provides free, fun, and innovative community writing programs for local youth in Philadelphia where she lives. You can find out more about her at her website: