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I Color Myself Different

By Stephanie Snyder, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Moving story encourages self-love and pride in diversity.

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There's a lot for young readers to take away from this relatable and engaging book. I Color Myself Different is written from young Colin's perspective, with word choice and a voice that kids can identify with. His confidence and positive messaging make it easy to really like Colin's character from the very beginning. The book tackles a lot of issues in a way that kids can understand; yet the realism of Eric Wilkerson's illustrations remind readers that these topics are reality to so many. The "I'm me, and I'm magnificent!" chant will undoubtedly be echoed by many young readers inspired to love what makes them unique.

Some readers may feel that I Color Myself Different takes on too many topics, resulting in a bit of misalignment of the conflict. Colin's classmates ask him why he colored himself a different color than the rest of his family, and the questions make him feel bad -- but he doesn't tell why they make him feel bad. Without that piece, young Colin's reaction feels more like an adult reaction to a racial microaggression than a kindergarten student's reaction to questions by his peers who may not have been exposed to adoptive families yet.

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