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Not Quite Snow White by Ashley Franklin, illustrated by Ebony Glenn

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32 pages

A picture book for magical yet imperfect girls everywhere, written by debut author Ashley Franklin and perfect for fans of such titles as Mary Had a Little Glam by Tammi Sauer and the classic Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman.

Tameika is a girl who belongs on the stage. She loves to act, sing, and dance—and she’s pretty good at it, too. So when her school announces their Snow White musical, Tameika auditions for the lead princess role.

But the other kids think she’s “not quite” right to play the role.

They whisper, they snicker, and they glare.

Will Tameika let their harsh words be her final curtain call?

Not Quite Snow White is a delightful and inspiring picture book that highlights the importance of self-confidence while taking an earnest look at what happens when that confidence is shaken or lost. Tameika encourages us all to let our magic shine.


“Using language which encourages hope, body positivity, and self-worth, Franklin weaves together a story which can be used by parents, librarians, teachers, and reading specialists to discuss overcoming discrimination.” - Booklist

“Buoyant digital illustrations in candy colors reflect Tameika’s outgoing personality.” - Booklist

“By the end, I was cheering and tearing up with joy for Princess Tameika!” - Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, author of Mommy’s Khimar

“Franklin’s sensitive treatment of this young girl’s story, along with Ebony Glenn’s bright but soft illustrations, encourages us to root for a new kind of princess while opening much-needed conversations.” - Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, author of Mommy’s Khimar

“A feel-good picture book and a great reminder that classic princess roles can be reimagined to embrace inclusion, diversity, and body positivity.” - Kirkus Reviews

PUBLISHER: HarperCollins (July 9, 2019)

FORMAT: Hardcover