I Am Brown

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 2   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Brown-skinned children around the world laugh, love and play together in this infectiously joyful book.

I am brown. I am beautiful. I am perfect. I designed this computer. I ran this race. I won this prize. I wrote this book. A joyful celebration of the skin you’re in—of being brown, of being amazing, of being you.

Teach Early Years Award Finalist 2021. UKLA Book Awards Longlist 2021. Derby Children’s Book Award Longlist 2021. BookTrust Best Books Guide 2020. A Guardian Children’s Book of the Month

“A note-perfect hymn about acceptance, pride and belonging”—The Observer

“Upbeat and uplifting”—Kirkus Reviews

“An empowering book for all children to read and a beautiful reminder about self-love, dreaming big, culture and self-acceptance”—Here Wee Read

“Such a joyful book! A must-have for your shelf, and definitely schools and libraries”—Bookbairn

“A total joy to behold. The gorgeous illustrations and story provide a positive mantra for all children of any ethnicity and background – with the central message that you can be anything you want to be, don’t hold yourself back. Highly recommended”—BookTrust

“This is not just a book about being brown. This book is fundamentally the voice of every child, and every child is amazing. Simply one of the most joyful books I have seen for a long time. I can’t wait to share it in my library”—Book Monsters

Format Your Price
978-1-911373-94-0
$13.49
978-1-911373-96-4
$22.99
Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Fiction, Picture Books
Category Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diversity
Copyright 2020
Publisher Lantana Publishing
Imprint Lantana Publishing
Language English
Number of Pages 40
Publication Date 2020-03-03
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV030000, JUV074000, JUV039140
Dewey [Fic]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9 x 9.75
Features Awards, Original artwork, and Reviewed

Awards

  • UKLA Book Award Longlist, Long-listed, 2021
  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2021

Reviews

Booklist

“Clearly intended to counter the negative messages that dark-skinned children encounter early in their lives, the book bursts with love and energy, in the images and in the words.”—Booklist

Publishers Weekly

“Beginning with a child sporting exuberant puffball pigtails and broadening into a community of brown-skinned children, the figures in this joyful picture book love the skin they’re in.”—Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

“The global outlook is a refreshing corrective to often confining Western understandings. . . .This message of the normalcy and joy of being brown is upbeat and uplifting.”—Kirkus Reviews

Author: Ashok Banker

Ashok Banker is the bestselling author of more than 63 books which have sold more than 3.2 million copies in 21 countries and 61 languages. I Am Brown is his debut picture book.

Illustrator: Sandhya Prabhat

Sandhya Prabhat is an independent animator and illustrator from India. She has published nearly a dozen picture books. She also animates videos and designs e-stickers.