Book Title: I Celebrate My Voice by Nonku Kunene Adumetey
Category: Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7), 37 pages
Genre: Children's Book
Publisher: Nonku's Corner Publishing
Release date: February, 2022
Format available for review: Print- softback, ebook (pdf)
Will send print books out: USA
Tour dates: February 14 to March 4, 2022
Content Rating: Rated G. Suitable for everyone
I Celebrate My Voice is a fun and lovely introduction to what it means to use your voice. With breathtaking illustrations, this book shows young children how limitless their voices are. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from – you have a voice and it matters.
Nonkululeko Kunene Adumetey (also known as Nonku) is an award-winning author, loving wife and devoted mother of two happy toddlers. Her children both love singing, story time, and tasting home-cooked cuisines. When Nonku tastes delicious food, she hums a blissful tune, which she never realized until both her children started humming along.
Nonku was born in the Kingdom of Eswatini, where she lived until she was 16. She left to complete high school in Canada and later moved to the United States to pursue her college education.
Her passion is to inspire her children and all children to celebrate who they are, understand their differences are beautiful, know their diversity is a strength, and believe their voices are should be heard.
Her hero is her late father, Themba Micah Kunene, a man from humble beginnings who worked tirelessly to provide a full life for his eight children. Her father’s unconditional love, wisdom, selflessness, and work ethic inspire the core of Nonku’s principles and life mottos. One of his favorite mottos was "umtsentse uhlaba usamila”, a saying about a strong grass that gets deeply rooted during its early stages of development. The essence of this saying embodies the core of early intervention and teaching young minds early so that they grow up strong and informed about the world. This is what inspires Nonku to write children’s book, to inspire and empower young minds for a greater future.
I Celebrate My Voice by Nonku Kunene Adumetey was a great kids book that was filled with a very important life lesson about using one's voice and the power that a voice can have. I really liked the fact that the book was racially inclusive with how the cover had children from different races on it. So often children books tend to focus on just one race of characters, so I really liked this approach to diversity.