Grace Byers - Author of I Am Enough
Why is childhood literacy important?
Themes of Race
One of Byers’ main themes within the storybook exemplifies the importance of love and inclusion regardless of people’s differences. Page 14 and 15 include a drawing of a black and a white girl mingling with each other. Byers conveys the lesson that despite our differences, whatever they might be, they do not dictate who we are. Her main message from these few pages is that everyone has a place here on earth regardless of the individual. Therefore, we must learn to love each other rather than allow physical features such as our skin color to appreciate one another.
Themes of Class
Another theme within the story relates to class in a similar way as to how race is addressed. No two people are the same because we all are different. We all come from different homes, schools, and towns. Everyone, regardless of differences in personal background, should be appreciated for who they are as a person. This sentiment is stressed on page 13 by conveying that when individual differences are recognized, there is the opportunity to look beyond minor distinctions such as class when determining a person’s worth. Class or socioeconomic status should never be a determining factor in how we judge someone. After all, despite our differences, we are all enough.