A Girl Like Me

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 4   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

“[A] rallying cry for girls to reject limitations others might place on them and their dreams.”—starred, The Horn Book Magazine

“Once I dreamed I swam / the ocean / and saw everything deep, cool / and was part of the waves. / I swam on by the people / onshore / hollering, / ‘A girl like you needs to / stay out of the water / and be dry / like everyone else.’”

Empower young readers to embrace their individuality, reject societal limitations, and follow their dreams. This inspiring picture book brings together a poem by acclaimed author Angela Johnson and Nina Crews’s distinctive photocollage illustrations to celebrate girls of color.

Format Your Price
Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Nonfiction, Picture Books
Category Diverse Books: Feminism, Diverse Books: #OwnVoices, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diversity, SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: C Social Awareness, SEL: D Relationship Skills, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2020
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2020-02-04
Text Type Poetry
BISACS JNF069000, JNF023000, JNF042000
Dewey 811/.54
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.25 x 11
Lexile 620
Guided Reading Level L
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews


  • Rise: A Feminist Book Project List, Winner, 2021
  • Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices, Winner, 2021
  • Horn Book Best Books of the Year, Winner, 2020
  • Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books, Winner, 2020
  • New York Public Library Best Books for Kids 2020, Winner, 2020
  • The Black Caucus of the ALA Best of the Best Booklist, Winner, 2020


The Horn Book Magazine

“[A] rallying cry for girls to reject limitations others might place on them and their dreams.”—starred, The Horn Book Magazine

School Library Journal

“An excellent addition for all collections.”—School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“A book to inspire the next diverse generation of girls to keep working toward breaking glass ceilings . . .”—Kirkus Reviews

Publishers Weekly

“[A] celebration of individuality, guts, and sisterhood.”—Publishers Weekly

Author: Angela Johnson

Angela Johnson is an award-winning poet and children's author with more than forty books to her credit. She began her writing career in 1989 with the publication of a picture book called Tell Me a Story, Mama, which won the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award. She has won three Coretta Scott King Awards, the Michael L. Printz Award, and the Margaret A. Edwards Award for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. In recognition of her outstanding talent, Angela was named a 2003 MacArthur Fellow. She lives in Kent, Ohio.

Illustrator: Nina Crews

Nina Crews is a critically acclaimed children's book author and illustrator. She uses photographs and photocollages to create energetic stories about young children. Two of her recent books, The Neighborhood Mother Goose and Below were ALA Notable selections. She is the daughter of children's book authors Donald Crews—Freight Train; Truck; Ten Black Dots; Shortcut and Ann Jonas—Round Trip; The Quilt; Color Dance. Nina is a graduate of Yale University, where she received a BA in art. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and son.