Stage and screen actor and children’s author Taye Diggs, whose poignant picture book, Chocolate Me, gave black children a sweet and powerful message of self-confidence and self-acceptance, reads his book “about a day in the life of a mixed race child,” a first-person narrative about a feisty kid nicknamed “Mixed Up Mike.” Dedicated to “all the crazy coiffed, buttery-skinned mixties in the world,” and inspired by his own young, mixed race son, Diggs collaborates with the book’s illustrator Shane Evans, who provides soft jazz guitar background music. “Your mom and dad don’t match,” people tell Mike, who explains that his dad is “a deep brown, and my mom’s rich cream and honey. Then people see me and they look at us funny.” But Mike knows that he’s “A beautiful blend of dark and light. I was mixed up perfectly and I’m just right.” The audio book includes a charming second reading by Digg’s son, Walker, and a conversation between the two.
Lynne Heffley ©2019 Parents’ Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper’s first weekly children’s arts and entertainment beat.