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publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
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You Are My Favorite Color

by Gillian Sze, illustrated by Nina Mata

tagged: parents, self-esteem & self-reliance, diversity & multicultural
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list price: $23.99
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pages: 32
ISBN:9780593203101
publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
imprint: Philomel Books
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A lyrical story of parental love that celebrates and takes pride in the many shades of brown skin. Perfect for fans of I Am Enough, Hey Black Child, Hair Love, and Our Skin.

When you ask me why your skin is brown,
I will tell you that you are my favorite color.
I will say that your skin was decided long, long ago.
Time was just waiting for you.
  
So begins a mother’s celebration of her children's brown skin, told through warm and vivid poetry. With sweeping descriptions of what brown skin means—it is the brawny bear whose paws know the ground of its home, the sequoia tree that reaches up and touches the sun, the glossy shell of roasted chestnuts—this is a book that empowers as it embraces, and that reminds young readers that they have shades of color that only they can discover and express.
 
With beautiful, lyrical text by powerhouse poet Gillian Sze and vibrant, engaging art by illustrator Nina Mata, the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of LeBron James's I Promise, this is more than a story of love—it is a song that rings out for brown kids everywhere.
 
Praise for You Are My Favorite Color:
 
"This is a sweet, languorous celebration of brown skin in all its infinite shades and of multiracial, multifaceted families. Lovely." --Kirkus Reviews
 

About the Authors

Gillian Sze is the author of multiple poetry collections, including Peeling Rambutan, Redrafting Winter and Panicle. Her work has been nominated for the QWF’s A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry and has received awards such as the University of Winnipeg Writers’ Circle Prize and the 3Macs carte blanche Prize. She studied creative writing and English literature at Concordia University and received a PhD in études anglaises from the Université de Montréal. Originally from Winnipeg, she now resides in Montreal, where she teaches creative writing. The Night Is Deep and Wide is her first board book and was inspired by her son, who was a challenging sleeper as a baby.

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Gillian Sze is the author of multiple poetry collections, including Peeling Rambutan, Redrafting Winter and Panicle. Her work has been nominated for the QWF’s A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry and has received awards such as the University of Winnipeg Writers’ Circle Prize and the 3Macs carte blanche Prize. She studied creative writing and English literature at Concordia University and received a PhD in études anglaises from the Université de Montréal. Originally from Winnipeg, she now resides in Montreal, where she teaches creative writing. The Night Is Deep and Wide is her first board book and was inspired by her son, who was a challenging sleeper as a baby.

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Contributor Notes

Gillian Sze (she/her) is the author of multiple poetry collections, as well as books for children, including My Love for You Is Always, illustrated by Michelle Lee, and The Night is Deep and Wide, illustrated by Sue Todd. She studied creative writing at Concordia University and received a PhD in études anglaises from Université de Montréal. Originally from Winnipeg, Gillian now lives with her family in Montreal, where she teaches creative writing and literature. You can find Gillian online at gilliansze.com and follow her on Twitter and Instagram @gilliansze. 

Nina Mata (she/her) is a New York Times bestselling illustrator who received her degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She has illustrated many books, including American gymnast Laurie Hernandez's She's Got This, NBA superstar LeBron James's I Promise, and the Ty's Travels I Can Read series. Nina currently lives in New Jersey with her husband, their daughter, and Tabitha, their cat. You can find her online at ninamata.com or follow her on Twitter @msbeautifique and on Instagram @ninamataart. 

Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
4 to 8
Grade:
p to 3
Editorial Review

Praise for You Are My Favorite Color:
 
"This is a sweet, languorous celebration of brown skin in all its infinite shades and of multiracial, multifaceted families. Lovely." --Kirkus Reviews

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