Your Name Is a Song

A celebration about the beauty, history, and magic behind names.

A young girl named Kora is frustrated and tearful after enduring another day at school where classmates and teachers can’t pronounce her name. She shares this frustration with her mother, telling her that she never wants to go back to school. In response, the girl’s mother tells her about the musicality of African, Asian, Black-American, Latinx, and Middle Eastern names on their lyrical walk home through the city.

Kora learns to find the musical lyricism in her own name and to make it a song for others to sing. Empowered by this newfound understanding, Kora is ready to return the next day to share her knowledge with her class.

Your Name Is a Song by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, illustrated by Luisa Uribe, is perfect for ages 5–10. A wonderful book for families, teachers, and caregivers!
Check out this video of the author pronouncing all the names in the book.

“This lovely celebration of African American culture, featuring a Muslim family, offers a fresh way to look at the tradition of creating new names.” ~ Kirkus Reviews


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