Skin Again

The skin I’m in is just a covering. It cannot tell my story. The skin I’m in is just a covering. If you want to know who I am, you have got to come inside and open your heart way wide.

Celebrating all that makes us unique and different, Skin Again offers new ways to talk about race and identity. Race matters, but only so much–what’s most important is who we are on the inside. Looking beyond skin, going straight to the heart, we find in each other the treasures stored down deep. Learning to cherish those treasures, to be all we imagine ourselves to be, makes us free.

This award-winning book, with its myriad of faces, introduces a strong message of loving yourself and others that will appeal to parents of our youngest readers.

Be Boy Buzz

I be boy. All bliss boy. All fine beat. All beau boy. Beautiful.

Famed author bell hooks brings us a tight, exuberant story that captures the essence and energy of what it means to be a boy. Chris Raschka’s soulful illustrations buzz with a force that is the perfect match for these powerful words.

Praise for Be Boy Buzz:
*”This spare, poetic riff on young manhood plumbs the delights and contradictions of what it means to be a boy. . . . Hooks’s rhythmic blend of brevity and eloquence launches Raschka’s trademark visual haiku. . . . This life-affirming book will have readers as much ‘in love with being a boy’ as are its own utterly irresistible characters.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“[The] poetry is rhythmic and rolling, each word finessed to fit the pulse of [hooks’s] verse. The lilt of the language is contagious, begging to be read aloud. . . . Raschka’s mixed media illustrations are an energetic dream. . . . Buy it for the boys and all those who love them.”
Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books

“[A] pleasing and affirmative visual and textual interpretation of what it means to be a little boy: be boy buzz, indeed.”
Kirkus Reviews

Happy to Be Nappy

Happy to be nappy!
Happy with hair all short and strong.
Happy with locks that twist and curl.
Just all girl happy!
Happy to be nappy hair!Legendary author bell hooks and Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka present a lyrical celebration, brimming with enthusiasm for girls and their hair. Nominated for an NAACP Image Award, this stunning picturebook is now available again in board book form.

Praise for Happy to Be Nappy:
Image Award nomination, 2001
—National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
*”A powerful, uplifting and, above all, buoyantly fun read-aloud.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review”[Happy to Be Nappy] has a free-wheeling joy that is admirably captured by illustrator Raschka.”
Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books

“The big daubs of background color seem to dance and spin with the figures, visual music to match the verbal.”
Kirkus Reviews

“[Chris Raschka’s] illustrations bring out the spirit behind hooks’s writing and have great child appeal.”
School Library Journal

“[S]tellar illustrations.”
The Horn Book

“[A]dults and small children will enjoy sharing the joyful words and the playful color wash pictures with thick black lines.”
Booklist

The Hello, Goodbye Window

This is a love song devoted to that special relationship between grandparents and grandchild.  The kitchen window at Nanna and Poppy’s house is, for one little girl, a magic gateway.  Everything important happens near it, through it, or beyond it.

Told in her voice, her story is both a voyage of discovery and a celebration of the commonplace wonders that define childhood, expressed as a joyful fusion of text with evocative and exuberant illustrations. The world for this little girl will soon grow larger and more complex, but never more enchanting or deeply felt.