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Shinning Bright A Journey of Dreams by Kiana Frederick (Book Review)

This book tells the story of Maya, a little black girl with big dreams. Maya loves to dance and dreams of performing on a stage, inspiring others with her talent. One day, she meets a wise old tree who encourages her to believe in herself and trust her heart. With newfound courage, Maya practices tirelessly and catches the attention of a famous dance crew who invites her to join them. Her story spreads far and wide, inspiring other little black girls to believe in themselves and pursue their dreams. Maya’s journey teaches the importance of determination, self-belief, and the power to inspire others. The book encourages young black girls to dream big, knowing that they are capable of achieving greatness and making a positive impact in the world.

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I received a complimentary copy of this book from Reedsy Discovery. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.


Maya loved to dance and aspired to dance across a stage one day. She wanted to inspire others with her movements, which was a beautiful dream. One day, Maya met a wise old tree who whispered, “Believe in yourself.” The wise tree did precisely what every adult, friend, and family member should do, encouraging our youth to follow their heart. 

Maya found her courage and determination to practice. And with each step, each twirl, she became closer to achieving her dream. Maya leaped across the stage and into my heart. She was a shining role model and beautifully demonstrated what one can achieve. 

Maya’s talent caught the eye of a famous dance crew, and with that, the young star’s life’s goal was achieved: Maya danced across the stage and inspired little black girls to follow their passions. 

Doctor. Artist. Astronaut. World leader. Pilot. Shinning Bright A Journey of Dreams proudly proclaims, “No dream is too big, no goal is too high, with determination and love, they’ll reach for the sky.” What a wonderful message! We should all support children wherever life takes them, whether they want to be stay-at-home parents, musicians, teachers, scientists, etc. 

Kiana Frederick wrote an inspirational story that children and adults would love to read together. It encourages young black girls to dream big, knowing they can achieve greatness and make a positive impact in the world. Every child has the capacity for greatness, and Maya’s story can motivate every gender, every color, and every child to believe in themselves, trust their heart, and follow their dreams. 

With the storybook’s lovely message and artwork, I recommend Shinning Bright A Journey of Dreams to children 3-9. Speaking of the paintings, I appreciated the children were not cartoon-looking. Their realness only heightens the story’s profound message and helps readers connect more with Maya’s journey. 

Share this book with your child and help them reach for the stars! 

Heart Rating System:
1 (lowest) and 5 (highest)
Score: ❤❤❤❤❤

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Meet the Author

As a young woman and first-time children’s book author, found my inspiration after welcoming my daughter into the world. With love as my guiding force, I have embarked on a journey to create a magical and heartwarming story that would captivate young minds and celebrate joy.

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