L.I. Forsete’s Gabe Faces Ignorance

Sugar Free Books‘ inaugural publication, Gabe Faces Ignorance, is the first children’s picture book I’ve read that tackles Islamophobia. Written by L.I. Forsete and illustrated by Gemma Gould, the story focuses on the friendship of Gabe, a white Christian boy, and Sophie, a tan-skinned rosy-cheeked Muslim girl. The two classmates and neighbors walk home from school together every day. The story is told from Gabe’s point-of-view, but Sophie’s feelings are present through Gabe’s increasing awareness of them as well as confrontational dialogue between the children. Continue reading

Angela Joy’s Black is a Rainbow Color (2020)

Black Is a Rainbow Color

In February I received a gorgeous book from Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers. The book, Black is a Rainbow Color, written by Angela Joy and illustrated by Ekua Holmes, is an event.

Holmes impressive illustrations are thick with meaning but inviting enough to capture and keep the attention of young readers as is Joy’s rhythmic prose. Continue reading