Identity is a huge aspect of childhood development. Many children learn more about who they are by seeing themselves represented in certain aspects of their school curriculum. When author Jennifer Vassel decided to write her book “I am Unique”, it was because she wanted young women of color to have a sense of confidence, even around their unique traits. If they don’t understand why others look different, children might respond in disapproving ways, which may hurt other people’s feelings. Offer tangible resources for children to have an open dialogue so they can establish friendships based on their similarities and interests.

“When I was growing up, I didn’t come across many children’s books out there with people who looked like me talking about birthmarks, insecurities, or self-love for that matter. Because of that, I wrote “I Am Unique!” to empower girls to embrace their uniqueness, share their natural gifts, and to live life undimmed.”

Jennifer Vassel is a Jamaican-American author based in Southern California. It wasn’t until 2012 that she decided to expound on her passion for writing and creating. During his New Year’s Eve 2012 sermon, Bishop Dale Bronner said, “Don’t die with your gifts still inside of you. Impart to others what was entrusted to you.”

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