I Am a Rainbow!


By Mark Kanemura

Illustrated by Richard Merritt

With Steve Foxe

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$13.99 CAD



  1. ebook $10.99 $13.99 CAD
  2. Hardcover $18.99 $23.99 CAD

This item is a preorder. Your payment method will be charged immediately, and the product is expected to ship on or around May 9, 2023. This date is subject to change due to shipping delays beyond our control.

A professional dancer, LGBTQIA+ advocate, and social media star shares this inspiring picture book based on his childhood in Hawaii and encourages readers to find safe spaces that allow them to shine bright. 

Mark loves putting on shows, dressing up, and dancing! But what makes him happy at home gets him teased at school. To remind Mark that his unique light makes the world a brighter place, his parents surprise him with a beautiful, flowing cape. Wearing it, he feels invincible and free to shine all over Honolulu! It even gives him the courage to befriend some kids who are just as colorful as he is. When the cape goes missing, Mark loses his new confidence. How will he ever shine again?

Mark's relatable, real-life inspired story paired with Richard Merritt's bright and energetic illustrations is a celebration of self-acceptance.

  • Praise for I Am a Rainbow!
    ALA Rainbow Round Table 2024 Rain Book List
  • "Joyful."
  • “The…illustrations reinforce the bright, fun personalities of Mark and his friends, with rainbow colors flowing through the pages.”
    School Library Journal
  • “A lively picture book…about authentic connection that invites readers to ‘dazzle when [they] embrace [their] true selves.’”
    Publishers Weekly

On Sale
May 9, 2023
Page Count
40 pages