I love featuring debut authors on my site! What started out as a conversation with her children inspired Angela Joy‘s Black is a Rainbow Color (out from Roaring Brook Press in January 2020), a children’s picture book illustrated by Ekua Holmes.
Honoring the beauty of Black culture, Joy narrates poetically about what is beautiful about being Black. There is such a strong voice in the book, and this book needs to be read aloud! The book is referred to as “an anthem,” and this definitely rings true!!! The poetry within this book takes notice of things large and small, and I found this quite beautiful and smart.
I especially appreciated how Joy weaves her original text with lines from prominent voices, such as Langston Hughes and Paul Laurence Dunbar. The book’s back matter includes references and a book playlist. I love how this book can exist completely alone as a read aloud or to spark more inquiry into the voices presented in the timeline and “More about” sections. This book could be such a great starting point for meaningful conversations in the classroom or at home.
Holmes’s illustrations are just beautiful. The stained glass page just really stood out to me. The book’s cover is also bold and will really get the attention of younger readers.
A gorgeous book – in content and presentation – Black is a Rainbow Color earns four stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️