Have I Ever Told You?

Have I Ever Told You?

By Shani King, Illustrated by Anna Horvath

Have I ever told you that you make me the happiest person in the world, just by being you?

This book started as a note to my children, to remind them that they are amazing in their individuality and that they have the power to choose who they want to be in this world. This book holds the message of dignity that every child on this earth deserves and needs to hear. You are loved. You matter. You make me laugh. Have I ever told you that?

The process of internalizing values of dignity, self worth, respect and empathy begins with moments and images like the one you have shared with other parents and children.  I love your book!

Barbara Bennett Woodhouse L. Q. C. Lamar Professor of Law; Director, Child Rights Project; Faculty Director, Emory Law SJD Program; Emory University School of Law

What a fantastic and beautiful book! A must read for every family in America.

Clara Platter Editor of History and Law, NYU Press


Jennifer Woolard Associate Professor in Developmental Science, Georgetown University


Fernando Reimers Ford Foundation Professor of Practice in International Education, Harvard University

Wonderful surprise in today’s mail. Just left a voicemail for Prof Shani King thanking him for the book and it’s powerful message!

W. Kent Fuchs President, University of Florida

This is the most moving book I’ve read in a long time. Every child should hear these beautiful words. We’d all need a lot less therapy!

Cathy Kim Walker

I received copies of Have I Ever Told You?, written by Shani King and illustrated by an artist whose work I love, Anna Horváth. It is a book that should be in every child’s collection. It’s about diversity, kindness, empathy and love. I bought two copies. One for me and one as a gift. I think I’m going to order more.

Cheryl Brown


Florencia Alejandra Otegui

What a great message for our children!

Stephanie Comstock Conference & Event Planner, University of Florida

I love your book!

Nancy E. Dowd Professor and David H. Levin Chair in Family Law, University of Florida

What a beautiful book, and what important messages. You have done a service to the world.

Jonathan R. Cohen Professor of Law and Associate Director of the Institute for Dispute Resolution at the University of Florida Levin College of Law

I just read Have I Ever Told You?. What a wonderful book. As a mother and grandmother, it brought tears to my eyes and joy to my heart . I shared your book with my office mates and they love it and are going to be buying some for their families.

Betty Donaldson

My friend and colleague Shani King wrote one of the most wonderful children’s books I’ve ever read. I’m buying a copy for each of my three children. You should buy a copy for each of yours as well.

Stacey Steinberg Associate Director, Center on Children and Families, University of Florida

This book is terrific.  It captures and expresses in simple, yet touching and meaningful words the sentiments that we hope to convey to our children. It will no doubt serve to remind children of all backgrounds that they are loved and valued.  The text and illustrations are wonderful and age appropriate for all children.

Elizabeth A. Rowe Professor and Director, Program in Intellectual Property Law, University of Florida

Shani M. King

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Shani M. King is a Professor of Law and Director of the Center on Children and Families at the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law. His goal is to empower every child he meets. Shani’s children are the absolute joy of his life. He lives with them and his kind, humble and brilliant wife in Miami, Florida, where the sun shines 362 days a year. Shani hopes that he can help empower your children and your students as he strives to empower his.

Anna Horváth

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Anna Horváth makes colorful and magical paintings full of surprising details, sinuous lines, and funny creatures. Her mission is to encourage children around her to use their imaginations and dare to see the world differently. Anna’s main inspirations are her kids, with their ideas and valuable critiques. She grew up beside her book-lover mom, who always encouraged her to live her dreams. Anna lives with her wonderful children and funny and brilliant husband in Switzerland, where during heavy winters she has to make the sun shine. Visit her website.

The Story Continues

#HaveIEverToldYou that I love the way you embrace both your imagination and your athleticism?

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