My Mother's Tongues: A Weaving of Languages

Praise for My Mother's Tongues

“A young girl extols the virtues of multilingualism in this exquisite picture book by teenage human rights and social justice activist Menon…This story is an essential mirror and window, serving as a reminder that language is a superpower.”    —School Library Journal, Starred Review ★

“The narration sparks with emotion and imagery. . . this is a cheerful portrayal of diverse connections, and readers who speak one language at home and another in public will value a book that celebrates that as a skill rather than something that sets them apart from English-only speaking classmates.”   —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“It conveys an essential message about the power of language, and the lyrical narratorial voice beautifully balances curiosity and playfulness. A charming ode to the joy of learning new languages.”   —Kirkus Reviews

“Menon’s respectful story highlights the power of multilingualism and examines the link between accents and identity…A thought-provoking look at the connecting power of language.”   —The Horn Book

“The visual depiction of language, including words and swirls as well as diverse facial features and cultural details, enhances the inclusive messaging. An uplifting story that promotes understanding and connection through language.”   —Booklist

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