Your Name is a Song
On one of the pages, the girl worries that her name sounds made-up. Her mother explains that, "some made-up names come from dreams. Real names were stolen long ago so they dream up new ones....Ta'jae, Trayvon...They sit on clouds with Jalonte..." This reference to the effects of American chattel slavery today, the theft of ancestral knowledge, is important for students and adults to hear.
When you read this book, it feels as if there is music in the background, making it the perfect text for music lovers, so everyone.-Dena
Social Justice Activities:
Figurative Language: The title is a metaphor and the book is filled with metaphors and similes. The mother also uses beautiful descriptive words to describe names, make a list of all the words to enhance writing.
Speaking & Listening: Build community by having students record a video on FlipGrid, pronouncing their full name and telling something special about their name. This will allow students and teachers to watch the video as many times as needed to memorize names correctly.
- Fiction, All Ages
- Perspectives: Black & Muslim
- Author's stated heritage: Black & Muslim
- Subject Integration: Music, Art, Writing
Listen to the Author
The Author pronounces all the names in the book.