Honeysmoke by Monique Fields, illustrated by Yesenia Moises. PICTURE BOOK. Imprint (Macmillan), 2019. $18. 9781250115829
BUYING ADVISORY: EL (K-3) - ESSENTIAL
AUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGH
While coloring a picture of herself, Simone starts to feel that she would like a color that easily matches her own skin. Her mom is black and her dad is white and neither has the answer she wants for what color she is. She sits on this problem for a while and then combines what color she got from her mom - honey, with what she got from her dad - smoke. Honeysmoke.
This is a beautifully illustrated story of finding your identity, for all kids, but especially for kids of color. I’m not sure my own kids had ever realized how isolating it could be to not have a “color” and they loved reading this book and talking about their own experiences with this.
Jen Wecker, HS English Teacher