Tan to Tamarind: Poems About the Color Brown

People, Identity & Culture
Race & Racism
Malathi Michelle Iyengar
Jamel Akib
Age Group:
Children's Book Press
People, Identity & Culture
Race & Racism

This collection of poetry asks young readers: When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Through colorful poetry, it travels the rich spectrum of shades within the color brown, from swirls of henna decorating ochre hands and feet at an Indian wedding to cinnamon lips smiling over a cup of café con leche to leaves drifting like stars onto upturned russet faces in the fall. The poetry, along with the pastel illustrations, encourages young ones to embrace each other's differences while building self-esteem and a healthy self-image.

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Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World

Ashley Herring Blake

When a tornado rips through town, Ivy Aberdeen's house is destroyed and her family displaced. Ivy feels invisible and ignored in the aftermath of the storm—and what's worse, her notebook filled with secret drawings of girls holding hands has gone missing.

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