Honeysmoke, a NEW Biracial Children’s Book
Long-time blogger, Monique Fields, has published a new biracial children’s book titled in her blog’s namesake, Honeysmoke.
The book is full of vibrant full-color illustrations, showing a beautiful brown girl with fluffy locs.
The story follows a young biracial girl, Simone, who becomes curious about her color.
After talking to family and friends, she comes to the conclusion that she’s not only Black or White…she’s something uniquely all her own.
Through this beautiful story, Simone creates and claims a name all her own, Honeysmoke.
This is a wonderful book to read with young children who are discovering their identity, where they fit in the world and what makes them wholly unique.
The message and imagery in this book are beautiful, powerful and uplifting. Just take a look at the gorgeous illustrations we’ve shared below to see what a special vibe this book has.
Stay tuned for a video book review coming soon! For now, here’s a little more about the author, Monique Fields. She’s a long-time blogger and digital amiga! We’re extremely excited to see her book come to life and can’t wait to share more of it with you soon. Congratulations Monique!! ?
About Monique Fields, Author of Honeysmoke
Monique Fields is the author of Honeysmoke, a new picture book about a biracial girl who discovers her color. Monique is the mother of two biracial girls who inspired her to write the book when they started asking questions about their racial identity. Her essays about race and identity have appeared on air, in print, and online, including NPR’s All Things Considered, Ebony magazine, and TheRoot.com. Monique is the founder and editor of Honeysmoke.com, a blog for parents raising multiracial children.
A young biracial girl looks around her world for her color. She finally chooses her own, and creates a new word for herself―honeysmoke.
Simone wants a color.
She asks Mama, “Am I black or white?”
“Boo,” Mama says, just like mamas do, “a color is just a word.”
She asks Daddy, “Am I black or white?”
“Well,” Daddy says, just like daddies do, “you’re a little bit of both.”
For multiracial children, and all children everywhere, this picture book offers a universal message that empowers young people to create their own self-identity.
Simone knows her color―she is honeysmoke.
An Imprint Book
“Fields’ extensive experience writing about race and identity translates with beautiful simplicity here for younger readers, and Moises paints Simone with great tenderness… A terrific addition to the WeNeedDiverseBooks canon, where it joins such books as Selina Alko’s I’m Your Peanut Butter Big Brother and Taye Diggs’ Mixed Me!.” ―Booklist
“Honeysmoke is so beautiful and true that it made me burst into tears of gratitude for what [Monique Fields] has given to us all. Honeysmoke should be in every library and gathering place of young children.”
―Sena Jeter Naslund, author of Ahab’s Wife, Four Spirits, and Abundance