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Basking In My Brown

Basking In My Brown

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Words By: Fatima Faisal |  Art By: Anain Shaikh

Celebrate the rich history, power, and beauty of your brown skin.

Bisma loves the summertime. She enjoys being outside, basking in the sun, her skin turning beautiful shades of brown. One day, her friend Zoya shares that she was told not to stay outside too long for fear of her skin getting too dark. Bisma responds by taking Zoya on a journey, recalling everything she has been taught about the rich family history of her brown skin, and inspiring her friend to proudly bask in her brown as well.

Young readers will encounter powerful and positive associations with the color brown in this culturally driven picture book narrated by a young Pakistani-American girl.


"...a beautiful ode to brown children everywhere. My heart was so full after reading it."—Megan L Hartley, 4th-grade Reading Intervention Teacher & Founder, @ihaveabook4that

“... appreciate this owning and pushing back on a ridiculous colorist mindset...this book is internal cultural acknowledgement of a pointless beauty notion.”—Kirin Nabi, Islamic School Librarian

"This is a book I wish I had as a child, and am glad to have it to share with young readers today."—Maya Lê, Founder, @maistorybook 


Realistic Fiction, Asian American, Prejudice and Racism, Self-Awareness, Social-Emotional Learning, Include Teaching Resources, Body Positivity

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Reading Level Recommendations

Grades: K-3

Ages: 5-7


Subject Categories

JUV039140-JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
JUV039120-JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Prejudice & Racism
JUV013030-JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Multigenerational


Hardcover: 9798986755854

Paperback: 9798986755854

eBook: 9798986755809

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Meet the Author

Fatima Faisal is a best-selling author, medical professional, executive producer and journalist.

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Anain Bio Photo

Meet the Illustrator

Anain Shaikh is from Karachi, Pakistan, where she is often found sitting with her cats in the sun while she illustrates her latest project.

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