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"Some people have dresses for every occasion but Afiya needs only one. Her dress records the memories of her childhood, from roses in bloom to pigeons in flight, from tigers at the zoo to October leaves falling. A joyful celebration of a young girl’s childhood, written by the late Coretta Scott King Book Award-winning Jamaican poet James Berry." -- publisher
"Growing up in the late 19th century, Laura Wheeler Waring didn't see any artists who looked like her. She didn't see any paintings of people who looked like her, either. As a young woman studying art in Paris, she found inspiration in the works of Matisse and Gaugin to paint the people she knew best. Back in Philadelphia, the Harmon Foundation commissioned her to paint portraits of accomplished African-Americans. Her portraits still hang in Washington DC's National Portrait Gallery, where children of all races can admire the beautiful shades of brown she captured." -- publisher
"A child reflects on the meaning of being Black in this anthem about a people, a culture, a history, and a legacy that lives on"--
"Celebrating all the beautiful browns in one child’s colorful family Mama’s brown is chocolate, clear, dark, and sweet. Daddy’s brown is autumn leaf, or like a field of wheat. Granny’s brown is like honey, and Papa’s like caramel. In this loving and lovely ode to the color brown, a boy describes the many beautiful hues of his family, including his own—gingerbread." -- publisher
"Brown is beautiful. Brown is powerful! Perfect for fans of Hair Love and Antiracist Baby, this lyrically written, stunningly illustrated picture book is a love letter to the beauty of brown skin and a message of love, acceptance, and pride for all brown sugar babes. A classic in the making! When a little girl has doubts about the color of her skin, her mother shows her all the wonderful, beautiful things brown can be!" -- publisher
"I am brown. I am beautiful. I am perfect. I designed this computer. I ran this race. I won this prize. I wrote this book. A joyful celebration of the skin you're in—of being brown, of being amazing, of being you." -- publisher
"Children are born beautiful. Our shades, shapes, hair textures, and everything else about us reflect our rich human heritage and history. This picture book is a love poem to that beauty." -- publisher
"If you liked my book for little girls, "Love the Skin You're In" ©, then you need to get this book for the little boy in your life. Every little boy should be told that he is beautiful and to love the skin he's in too! ♥ Children are born beautiful, period. Our shades, shapes, hair texture, and everything else about us reflect our rich human heritage and history. This picture book is a love poem to that beauty, made especially for little boys!" -- publisher
"Lulu loves her family, but people are always asking: What are you? Lulu hates that question. Her brother inspires her to come up with a “power phrase” so she can easily express who she is, not what she is. Includes a Note to Readers from the author, sharing her experience as a multiracial person." -- from the publisher
"Told by a succession of exuberant young narrators, Magnificent Homespun Brown is a story -- a song, a poem, a celebration -- about feeling at home in one’s own beloved skin." -- publisher