Our 31st board book is a beautiful exploration of the many types of Black skin, hair, and eyes.
Shades of Black: A Celebration of Our Children by Sandra L. Pinkney, photographs by Myles C. Pinkney.
Cartwheel Books, Scholastic, 2006 (originally published as a picture book in 2000).
Nonfictional picture book converted to board book format, 24 pages.
This book that validates the appearance of ALL black children, whether they have dark or light skin and blue or onyx eyes.
The catch phrase here is “I am Black. I am unique.” These words open and close the book and separate the various sections.
Did you know that six members of the Pinkney family are artists, authors, or publishers?
I’m going to hope that everyone with an interest in diverse children’s books has at least heard of Jerry Pinkney. However, did you know that much of the rest of his family is involved in art or literature as well?