Mixed Me!

Book review by
Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media
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Boy embraces his uniqueness in exuberant identity tale.

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Educational Value

The book is all about loving yourself and explains a bit about being racially "mixed."

Positive Messages

Be happy with who you are. Embrace what's special about you. There are all kinds of families. You don't have to choose between groups to play with: "Some kids at school want me to choose / who I cruise with. / I'm down for FUN with everyone. / Why pick one race?"

Positive Role Models & Representations

Mike is comfortable in his own skin and openly fields questions from curious friends. Both he and his parents reinforce the importance of good self-esteem: "My mom and dad say I'm a blend / of dark and light. / 'We mixed you perfectly, / and got you JUST RIGHT!'"

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Language

Mike notes that he has to deal with a bit of name-calling: "They call me Mixed-up Mike, / but that name should be fixed. / I'm not mixed up,/ I just happen to be mixed."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mixed Me!, by actor-author Taye Diggs and illustrated by Shane W. Evans, is told in the voice of a young mixed-race boy and is all about celebrating who you are as a person and embracing what's unique about you. It follows their book Chocolate Me!, which also promotes self-esteem. Kids in the book ask the boy some questions about being racially mixed, so parents should be prepared to discuss aspects of interracial families.

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What's the story?

Mike is mixed -- mixed race, that is, and his friends have a lot of questions about his family and how he looks. "'Your mom and dad don't match,' they say, and scratch their heads. See, my dad's a deep brown and my mom's rich cream and honey. Then people see me, and they look at us funny."  As the story unfolds, we see a day in the life of Mike as he plays, hangs with friends. and shares how he's proud to be MIXED ME!

Is it any good?

This delightful, textured, fun-filled picture book takes on the questions children of mixed races face with humor and offers a strong, positive message of self-love.  It comes alive through Shane W. Evans' brilliant illustrations and Taye Diggs' rhythmic text. All families will fall in love with Mixed Me!, because the message of loving what makes you special is universal.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about family heritage and what it means to be "mixed." Which heritage(s) and culture(s) do your family identify with? 

  • Families also can talk about self-esteem. Why is it important to embrace what's different about you?

  • How are different races portrayed in media? What stereotypes do you notice?

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