Diversify Your Children’s Bookshelves With MiJa Books

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This is a sponsored post. MiJa Books sent me books for free in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Affiliate links are used in this post. You can read my full disclosure here.




About MiJa Books

MiJa Books is an online multicultural and diverse bookshop founded by Stephanie and Muammar Reed. Their mission is to help make it easier for families to find picture books for kids featuring protagonists of color by creating a one-stop online bookshop.

MiJaBooks has curated a wide range of diverse children's books that are geared for ages 0 to 9. They also have books available in Spanish and do read-alouds on their YouTube channel, so you can preview some of the books before you purchase.

I was recently given the opportunity to review a couple of the books available on their site, and I share my thoughts below. 



Honeysmoke: A Story of Finding Your Color 

About:

Honeysmoke: A Story of Finding Your Color is written by Monique Fields and illustrated by Yesenia Moises. The book features a biracial girl named Simone who has a black mom and a white dad, but one day realizes her skin is different from theirs. She wants a word all her own to describe her color and chooses Honeysmoke because she is a mix of honey brown (like her mom) and smokey white (like her dad).

Honeysmoke is recommended for ages 3 to 8.

You can purchase the book at MiJa Books.

My Review:

The illustrations by Yesenia Moises are gorgeous and I loved how diverse the characters in the story were. 

The author, Monique Fields, really captures the mind of a child. The main character, Simone, has a simple question: "What color am I?" She tries to find the answer by comparing her skin to her mom, her dad, her teddy bears, and she even asks her friends, but she still feels unsatisfied as none of the colors match her, so she creates her own color by combining her mom and dad's colors. 

Being mixed, myself, I can relate to the main character. I never felt I was truly white or Asian. I love how Simone decides she's her very own color (her very own person), and that the book encourages children to find their own color word at the end, showing that we are all different and that's what makes us uniquely us.



Eyes that Kiss in the Corners

About:

Eyes that Kiss in the Corners is written by Joanna Ho and illustrated by Dung Ho. This children's book features an Asian girl who notices that her eyes look different from other kids at school. While the other kids have big, round eyes and long lashes, she has eyes like her mother’s, her grandmother's, and her little sister's. Eyes that kiss the corners. She comes to realize at the end of the book just how beautiful she is, just like the other women in her family. 

Eyes that Kiss in the Corners is recommended for ages 3 to 9.

You can purchase the book at MiJa Books.

My Review:

Being half-Chinese, I can relate to the main character of this book. She starts off by noticing other students' eyes are different from hers, but then she realizes that they are the same as her mom, her grandmother's, and her sister's. She loves how their eyes look at her and she realizes just how special her eyes that "kiss in the corners" and "glow like warm tea are". This is a wonderful book about self-acceptance.

The author, Joanna Ho, does a wonderful job coming up with artistic and beautiful ways to describe eyes. They "glow like warm tea," "crinkle into crescent moons," and as the title says: "kiss in the corners."  

I also loved the cultural references in the book, from wearing traditional clothes to mentioning the Monkey King. The illustrations by Dung Ho are also very beautiful.



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13 Comments

  1. Love the artwork on these books! Just beautiful! My toddler is getting really into reading now and I would love to read her the Honeysmoke one!

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  2. I love these books! I've always tried to find more diverse books for my little girls and now my son to read!

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  3. The book has a beautiful artwork and I am sure my daughter will enjoy reading this book.

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  4. This is a book i know my daughter and I will enjoy reading.

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  5. I love these book options. I can't wait to see what my daughter thinks of Honeysmoke, that'll be the first time she's ever seen a book about a girl like her. ❤️

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  6. I love these! Saving so I can purchase on our next book buying spree!

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  7. Their books look amazing, I love the illustrations on the covers and the story each one holds.

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  8. Thank you for sharing this. I am going to check them out.

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  9. I love making sure my children get a very diverse experience and these books are perfect to add to our list.

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  10. I've been trying to check more diverse books out from the library for our kids. We just got an amazing one that features kids from all over the world. They love it.

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  11. I'll have to check these books out!

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  12. Those books feature attractive illustrations and I must say quite socially-relevant, too. They are similar to the books that I buy for my kids.

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  13. I love Eyes that Kiss in the Corners; and the second book looks so beautiful.. I will be checking out Mija books. thanks for the intro

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