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Thank you NAACP, for nominating "I Absolutely Positively Love My Spots" as a 55th NAACP Image Award Nominee for Best Children's Literature!

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Invite author Lid'ya C. Rivera to your next children's event for an unforgettable experience, where self-love, confidence, and the joy of embracing individuality come to life through her picture book and uplifting messages.

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Born to Stand Out

An ode to children...

Inspired by her own experience, author Lid'ya C. Rivera pens a fun and celebratory ode to children who were born to stand out.


#1 New York Times bestselling illustrator Niña Mata brings this energetic love letter to full life with vibrant artwork that inspires all children to boldly be themselves.

Let's Talk About Vitiligo, Self-Love and Acceptance.

Always Remember You're Unique, Just Like Everyone Else.

“A lovely ode to the beauty of those with vitiligo is showcased in this rhyming picture book. Bright colors along with a vast array of fine details makes this an excellent choice for patrons of all ages.”

— School Library Journal

“This utterly charming picture book from vitiligo advocate Rivera exudes self-love from cover to cover. Her confidence is infectious. Mata’s illustrations are full of texture and joy. Much-needed encouragement to love the skin we’re in.”

— Kirkus Reviews​

“I stand up and I stand out, I am the light and the spark,” declares the vivacious narrator of Rivera’s upbeat debut...Via texture and contrast, digital illustrations from Mata add warmth and lightheartedness to this self-loving tale.

— Publishers Weekly

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Giving Hope & Inspiration
To Our Future

Available Anywhere Books Are Sold.

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about us

Lid’ya C. Rivera is a proud vitiligo advocate, decorated Navy veteran, award-winning filmmaker, and confidencecoach. She was diagnosed as an infant with vitiligo, causing her to face childhood bullying and low self-esteem, which later inspired her passion for storytelling and raising awareness about the skin disorder. Lid’ya is a native of Georgia where she resides with her three daughters and son. She is a graduate of Excelsior University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology.


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Niña Mata is a #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator and received her degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She has illustrated many books, including American gymnast Laurie Hernandez’s She’s Got This, NBA superstar LeBron James’s I Promise, You Are My Favorite Color, written by Gillian Sze, and the Ty’s Travels I Can Read series. Niña currently lives in New Jersey with her husband, their daughter, and Tabitha, their cat.


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