Shades of Black: A Celebration of Our Children

by Sandra L. Pinkney

Other authorsMyles C. Pinkney (Photographer)
Board book, 2006



I am Black / I am Unique / I am the creamy white frost in vanilla ice cream / and the milky smooth brown in a chocolate bar...Using simple poetic language and stunning photographs, Sandra and Myles Pinkney have created a remarkable book of affirmation for African-American children. Photographic portraits and striking descriptions of varied skin tones, hair texture, and eye color convey a strong sense of pride in a unique heritage. A joyous celebration of the rich diversity among African-Americans.

This item was purchased with a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the State Library of Oregon. Institute of Museum and Library Services:


Cartwheel Books (2006), 26 pages


Original language



0439802512 / 9780439802512

Physical description

26 p.; 5.75 x 5.25 inches


2 copies
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