Who Can I Be?


Children - Concept
28 Pages
Reviewed on 07/23/2021
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Author Biography

Ivory Leonard IV is originally from Ocala by way of Pensacola, Florida. He attended Florida A&M University where he studied Theatre Performance and concentrated in Dance. Upon completion of his undergraduate experience, he furthered his dance training at Philadanco.

In recent years, he has toured with the North American premiere of Jurassic World: The Exhibition as a Lead Puppeteer, performed Internationally on tour, has produced and screened dance films in numerous festivals, and has worked full time in the Midwest doing Musical Theatre.

Leonard is an Award- Winning Actor, Award- Winning Filmmaker, Creative Director, and Yoga Instructor. As recent CEO & Founder of Sankofa1619, this platform was devised in response to social inequities in an effort to: Reclaim our Past, Redefine how we are Defined, and Reconnect to our Truth. In an effort to make the world a better place, the Sankofa1619: Book Series is an extension of the work he desires to leave behind for a better future.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite

Our children need the ability to dream big. We need to encourage them so that they can be anything and live whatever life they choose. While all types of professions are at their disposal to explore from being an astronaut, teacher, explorer, and archeologist to a musician, no one can beat them at being themselves. In the children's picture book, Who Can I Be? by Ivory M Leonard with illustrations by Saeed Briscoe, children will go on a journey with seven-year-old Ahkleem as he begins to explore his dreams. In this book, your child will see that life is about possibilities, awareness, and self-acceptance. One day Ahkleem's mom told him, "You’re already the sun, the moon, even the trees. Just never allow anyone to tell you who to be.” This statement set him on the path of not only realizing that he can be anything but that the ultimate gift is being himself.

I'm a fan of reading children's books because they stimulate self-esteem, confidence, and the cognitive skills that children need for healthy development. As your child reads Who Can I Be? they'll be challenged to open their minds and heart to new ideas and prospects that would seem otherwise unavailable to them. In this book, children will realize that just like their ancestors they are inventors, explorers and can embark on any chosen path. I loved that in this book the education and learning continue with the Treasure Hunt, which invigorates your child's attention to detail and an introduction to new concepts and ideas. This book is strongly recommended.