Mary Can! (Hardcover)

Mary Can! By Mary J. Blige, Ashleigh Corrin (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mary J. Blige, Ashleigh Corrin (Illustrator)
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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.

About the Author

Mary J. Blige is an award-winning singer, songwriter, actress, producer, and entrepreneur, and is one of the defining voices of our generation. With a track record of eight multiplatinum albums, nine Grammy Awards (and over thirty nominations), an Emmy Award, two Academy Award nominations, two Golden Globe nominations, a SAG nomination, and multiple honors, including a BET Lifetime Achievement Award, a Billboard Icon Award, and a Time 100 honor, Blige has cemented herself as a global superstar. She has starred in several film and television projects (including Netflix’s Mudbound and STARZ’ Power) and has performed on the world’s largest stages, but the role she loves most is being a motivator to girls, women, and people who dare to dream big.

Ashleigh Corrin is an award-winning children’s book illustrator. Her debut illustrated book, Layla’s Happiness, written by Mariahdessa Ekere Tallie, received the 2020 Ezra Jack Keats Illustrator Award, as well as the Writer Honor. Her appreciation for philanthropic work and acts of service shaped her dream of creating art to uplift and inspire youth and the young at heart. Ashleigh lives in Virginia with her daughter and her husband. More of her work can be viewed at or on instagram (@ashleigh_corrin).

Praise For…

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
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: March 28th, 2023
Pages: 40
Language: English