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Shades of Black

Shades of Black

by Sandra L. Pinkney Illustrated by Myles C. Pinkney

From chocolate brown to midnight blue, from cottony puffs of hair to hair like a rope's corkscrew, these photographs show the many ways to be black and proud.

Using poetic language and stunning photographs, the Pinkneys create a remarkable affirmation of the beauty and diversity of African-American children.

I am Black / I am Unique / I am the creamy white frost in vanilla ice cream / and the milky smooth brown in a chocolate bar...Using simple poetic language and stunning photographs, Sandra and Myles Pinkney have created a remarkable book of affirmation for African-American children. Photographic portraits and striking descriptions of varied skin tones, hair texture, and eye color convey a strong sense of pride in a unique heritage. A joyous celebration of the rich diversity among African-Americans.

3, 4, 5
Interest Level
Grades PreK - K
Guided Reading
Scholastic Inc.
Book Type
Photo Essay
Informational Text

About the Author and Illustrator

Sandra L. Pinkney Sandra Pinkney is the author of the children's books A Rainbow All Around Me, Shades of Black, and most recently Read and Rises. She collaborates with her husband, photographer Myles C. Pinkney.
Myles C. Pinkney Myles Pinkney is a freelance photographer who has collaborated on works with his wife, author Sandra Pinkney, as well as celebrated children's author, Nikki Grimes.

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