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Monique Fields Reads and Signs "Honeysmoke"

  • Ernest & Hadley 1928 East 7th Street tuscaloosa, AL 35401 United States (map)

A young biracial girl searches for the perfect color word to describe herself in this picture book with a universal theme of self-identity.

Simone wants a color, one that will show who she is inside and out. This engaging and beautiful picture book follows a young biracial girl named Simone as she searches for her own place in the world. She wants to find the perfect color to understand her heritage, a color that isn’t brown or pink or black or white. Eventually, Simone creates a special word to describe the combination of her mom's dark and her dad's light skin colors: honeysmoke

Through simple text, this heartfelt and inspirational story empowers all children to forge their own unique identity.

Monique Fields is an award-winning journalist. Her essays about race and identity have appeared on air, in print, and online, including NPR’s All Things ConsideredEbony magazine, and She is the founder and editor of, a site for parents raising multiracial children, and she is a member of the SCBWI. Monique lives in Alabama with her husband and their two daughters.

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