In 2011, Taye Diggs and Shane Evans crafted a thoughtful and beautiful book entitled, Chocolate Me. The book focuses on a Black boy who is dealing with kids who are teasing him because of the darkness of his skin and texture of his hair. His mother eventually reminds him how beautiful he is. The message is so important for all students, but especially for children of color. I was a victim of some of the same barbs this character faces, so I was truly moved by this book and added it to my daughter's library.
Now, the duo have created a second book, Mixed Me , that focuses on "Mixed Up Mike" who is a biracial boy. Like Chocolate Me, this boy is being mistreated by children who see his skin color and hair as something wrong. The book is empowering and repeats this mantra: "Mom and Dad say I'm a blend of dark and light. We mixed you perfectly and got you just right." I couldn't be more excited about the existence of a book like this. With a multiracial child at home, I want her to be empowered consistently and often. But, the book works well for all children who might sometimes feel out of place. So, add Mixed Me to your library.