Black Is a Rainbow Color
Black Is a Rainbow Color

Black Is a Rainbow Color

Written by Angela Joy & illustrated by Ekua Holmes
4 - 8
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Jan 14, 2020
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Masterful text and illustrations seamlessly educate and inspire.

As Joy intended, Black is a Rainbow Color is the perfect “point of departure . . . launching a great exploration into this dynamic slice of American life and all the complexities that go with it.” The text is lyrical (“Black are the bottoms of summertime feet”, “Black is the power of movement in pain.”) and gorgeously rich with intertwined references to varied elements of black culture, including Civil Rights leaders (Martin Luther King Jr.), barrier breakers (Thurgood Marshall), musical contributions (rhythm and blues), and creatives (Maya Angelou), to name just a few. The masterful use of passing references to momentous moments, people, and contributions (in both the text and illustrations) sparks interest and curiosity, which is then partially quenched by the host of further educational materials and resources located in the back of the book, including a playlist, descriptions of events and people referenced throughout the book, and a few select poems by African-American poets. The illustrations match the text in their richness and vibrancy, the collaged illustrations incorporating newspaper clippings, maps, sheet music, and photographs. Beginning with a thoughtful, provoking question for a child—why isn’t black in the rainbow?—Black is a Rainbow Color is the inspiring jumping-off point for many discussions.

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What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • The back of the book includes a playlist. Are there any songs you don't recognize? With an adult's help, find them to listen to.
  • The back of the book also includes explanations for some of the cultural references included throughout the text. Are there any cultural references you don't understand? Take a minute to learn about them. Then go back through the book and see if you can find the references slipped into the text and illustrations.


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Book Details

Publication Date
January 14, 2020
Roaring Brook Press
Page Count
Reading Age
4 - 8 years
Lib. of Congress (LCCN)
WorldCat Number (OCLC)

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