Bright Eyes, Brown Skin


Cheryl Willis Hudson

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Bright eyes, brown skin...a heart-shaped face, a dimpled chin.

In a charming picture book designed to build self-esteem, four African-American kindergartners enjoy their day together. As they draw with crayons, play games, eat their lunch, dress up, dance, and take a nap, they revel in each other's company.

Meanwhile, the simple rhyming poem celebrates the beauty of "Chubby fingers, ticklish toes...a playful grin, a perfect nose..." In George Ford's animated paintings, the happiness and confidence of the four friends shine through, and young readers will be glad to share in the fun.

Book Review

"Strong, color paintings perfectly paced, rhyming phrases...brilliantly combines understatement and directness, giving a celebratory tone...and child-centered focus." --Booklist 

About the Author

Author, publisher and entrepreneur, Cheryl Willis Hudson began her career doing textbook design for publishers such as Houghton Mifflin and Macmillan.

Noticing a lack of quality Black-interest books for her own two children, in 1988, Cheryl Hudson and her husband Wade formed Just Us Books, Inc., a publishing company that specializes in children's books that focus on Black experiences, history, and culture.

Cheryl Willis Hudson has written over 24 children's books, including the classic Bright Eyes, Brown Skin, Many Colors of Mother Goose, and Come By Here, Lord: Everyday Prayers for Children, Hold Christmas In Your Heart, What Do You Know, Snow!, the What a Baby board book series (Scholastic, Inc.) Hands Can (Candlewick), My Friend Maya Loves to Dance (Abrams), and From Where I Stand (Marimba Books).

Book Details

  • Format: Paperback - 32 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9780590454162

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