by Monique Fields, Illustrated by Yesenia Moises
A young biracial girl looks around her world for her color. She finally chooses her own, and creates a new word for herself--honeysmoke.
Simone wants a color.
She asks Mama, "Am I black or white?"
"Boo," Mama says, just like mamas do, "a color is just a word."
She asks Daddy, "Am I black or white?"
"Well," Daddy says, just like daddies do, "you're a little bit of both."
For multiracial children, and all children everywhere, this picture book offers a universal message that empowers young people to create their own self-identity.
Simone knows her color--she is honeysmoke.
Target age: 3 to 6
Honeysmoke is so beautiful and true that it made me burst into tears of gratitude for what [Monique Fields] has given to us all. Honeysmoke should be in every library and gathering place of young children. --Sena Jeter Naslund, author of Ahab's Wife, Four Spirits, and Abundance
Fields' extensive experience writing about race and identity translates with beautiful simplicity here for younger readers, and Moises paints Simone with great tenderness... A terrific addition to the WeNeedDiverseBooks canon, where it joins such books as Selina Alko's I'm Your Peanut Butter Big Brother and Taye Diggs' Mixed Me!. --Booklist
About the Contributors:
Monique Fields is an award-winning journalist. Her essays about race and identity have appeared on air, in print, and online, including NPR's All Things Considered, Ebony magazine, and TheRoot.com . She is the founder and editor of Honeysmoke.com, a site for parents raising multiracial children, and she is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Monique lives in Alabama with her husband and their two daughters. She is the author of Honeysmoke: A Story of Finding Your Color.
Yesenia Moises is an Afro-Latina illustrator and designer with a specialty in product design. Her work proudly portrays people of diverse backgrounds playing leading roles in fantasy adventures that are brimming with color. Yesenia is the author-illustrator of Stella's Stellar Hair and the illustrator of Honeysmoke: A Story of Finding Your Color.