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HUES OF YOU: An Activity Book for Learning About the Skin You Are In by Lucretia Carter Berry

We live in a vibrant, colorful world, and though we enthusiastically teach our children the hues we find in nature and in the objects around us, we often find it difficult to teach them about the beauty of different skin tones. 

Dr. Lucretia Berry, founder of Brownicity—a learning community dedicated to education and advocacy for antiracism—is often asked by parents, teachers, and caregivers how they can best approach this conversation with kids. In response, she created a fun and interactive tool that provides children and their adults a way to brave the shift from color blindness to color consciousness—HUES OF YOU: An Activity Book for Learning About the Skin You Are In (WaterBrook; on sale 1/4/22).

Filled with lively and bright full-color illustrations by Adia Carter, the book’s drawing and writing activities are divided into four main sections:

  1. Hues of You
  2. Hues of Your Family
  3. Hues of Your Ancestors
  4. Hues of Your Friends

Each page gives kids space to explore their identity in a variety of social contexts and to celebrate the diversity of skin tones, people, and cultures in the world around them.

Adults who have felt hesitant or unprepared to talk with the children in their lives about skin tone, race, and ethnicity will find that Hues of You is the perfect starting point. With this engaging resource, they can help lay the groundwork for a more positive, affirming, and inclusive world.

Dr. Lucretia Berry is the founder of Brownicity (pronounced like ethnicity), an agency dedicated to racial healing and antiracism. She is also the anti-race/ism curriculum specialist for Community School of Davidson in North Carolina; a contributor to (in)courage; a speaker at TEDx Talk and Q Ideas Charlotte; a member of hope*writers; and a senior consultant for Point Made Learning’s The American Dream Game. She and her husband, Nathan, are the parents of three little girls. For more information, visit www.brownicity.com

Adia Carter has experienced a lifelong passion for drawing and is studying studio art at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She feels that open discussion and the introduction of true and scientific information about race can be the gateway to a more accepting society—especially when dialogue about it is encouraged in the young.

If you are interested in more information or would like to discuss a possible interview, excerpt, or review copy, please contact Chelsea Woodward at cwoodward@penguinrandomhouse.com.