Mary Can!

by Mary J. Blige

On Sale: 03/28/2023

Mary Can!

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Mary Can!

by Mary J. Blige

illustrated by Ashleigh Corrin

On Sale: 03/28/2023

Format: Best Books of the Year

About the Book

From multi-award-winning singer, artist, actress, and icon Mary J. Blige comes a fun and inspirational story that teaches young readers they can be anything, and they are enough.

Most of the time, people say “no” or “you can’t” because they dream too small.

Young Mary has been told that there are many things she can’t do. Like stay up past bedtime, or be an astronaut or become president. But what she really wants is to sing, and she isn’t about to let anyone tell her she can’t do it!

A powerful motivating tale about a confident and ambitious girl who doesn’t feed into negativity, this debut children’s book from legendary artist Mary J. Blige proves that anyone can make their dreams come true by believing in themselves. It's a great conversation starter for overcoming discouragement from others.

Brought to life with imaginative illustrations by Ezra Jack Keats Award-winning illustrator Ashleigh Corrin, Mary Can! is perfect for go-getters who aren’t afraid to be a YES in a world full of NOs.

Critical Praise

Infused with an affirming tone, this picture book features bright, peppy colors, plenty of energy, and a winsome protagonist... Will please the author’s adult fans and win her a new generation of admirers. — Kirkus Reviews

[A] solid choice. — School Library Journal

In a stylish authorial debut, singer Blige draws on personal experience to tell the story of a determined Black child who learns how to “beat ‘can’t’ with ‘can.’” — Publishers Weekly


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780063216396
  • ISBN 10: 0063216396
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • On Sale: 03/28/2023
  • Pages: 40
  • List Price:24.99 CAD
  • Ages: 4 to 8
  • BISAC1 : JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
  • BISAC2 : JUVENILE FICTION / Performing Arts / Music
  • BISAC3 : JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / African American
  • BISAC4 : JUVENILE FICTION / Performing Arts / Film
  • BISAC5 : JUVENILE FICTION / Biographical / General
  • BISAC6 : JUVENILE FICTION / Girls & Women

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