Parents, Read Your World, Skills Children Learn

Honeysmoke: A Story of Finding Your Color by Monique Fields


Back of Book:
A young biracial girl looks around her world for her color. She finally chooses her own, and creates a new word for herself―honeysmoke.
My Review:
Once in a while, I come across a book that stops me in my tracks and amazes me at the depth of today’s kidlit. HoneySmoke is one of those books. The story follows a young girl named Simone as she tries to find her place in the world. She asks her parents is she is black or white? Her parents tell her that she is a bit of both. Simone wants a color of her very own and sets off to find it. She asks her friends and compares the colors around her. Finally, she realizes that her special color is a mixture of her two parents.
I loved the positive message that all humans have different skin tones and that is what makes them unique. It encourages biracial children to explore their colors and label it with a special name. There is even a place in the back of the book for children to write in their special name. Readers of all ages will fall in love with Simone and her creative look at how she is. The illustrations by Yesenia Moises are soft and warm. They create a type of magic within the pages. A must have for all elementary and school libraries.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages


No Matter What by Debi Gliori


Back of Book: Will Large love Small forever, no matter what? The answer is of course yes, as every parent knows. But sometimes little ones like Small need to be convinced.

My Review: This is a very sweet and simple story that shows kids how much they are loved. Sometimes parents get so busy with work and life that they sometimes do not realize that their little ones need to hear how much they are loved. I think my favorite part of this story is that the text refers to the parent figure as Large and the child figure as Small. It allows the story to be read my parents, grandparents, or legal guardians. It is a positive way to discuss loving children without placing a label on it.

Ages 4 and up

30 pages


Always My Dad by Sharon Dennis


Back of book:  Although dad moves around a lot I still look forward to seeing him. Sometimes the person I want to see the most in my dad.  When he is around the world seems more magically

My Review: This is a heartbreaking and yet very true story about a little girl and her longing to have her dad more in her life. The story is written is a first person narrative which makes the feelings from the little girl seem more real. I tend to have a thing for beautiful illustrations and Raul Colon does extremely gorgeous work. Each picture is breathtaking and draws a reader in. This is an excellent story to share with a child who is separated from a parent.  It shows readers that even though a parent may be absent from a child’s life they still love them.

Ages 7 and up

32 pages