Amy Hodgepodge: Book Series For Young Readers Embraces Diversity
Book Series: Amy Hodgepodge
Amy Hodgepodge: All Mixed Up by Kim Wayans & Kevin Knotts.
Fourth grader Amy Hodges was nicknamed Amy Hodgepodge by her friend Lola because Amy’s Japanese, African American, Korean, and white–a hodgepodge of many races. Inspired by their 38 nieces and nephew, many who are multiracial, writers and actors Kim Wayans and Kevin Knotts want to help young people “embrace diversity because diversity is a beautiful thing.”
Read about Amy’s adventures to the young students in your life, and discover how Amy and others work through real issues with humor and kindness.
Here’s an excerpt from the first book:
I sat down next to my grandmother. But before I could reach for my cereal, she put her hand over mine and said, “Little Mitsukai, I’m going to miss you all day.”
My grandmother was born in Japan and she always called me Little Mitsukai. Little Angel.
My grandfather didn’t speak Japanese. He was from Korea. And he didn’t have a nickname for me at all. He always said there was no need for nicknames when I had a perfectly nice name already.
Dad’s parents are like that, too. Different. His mother is black and his father is white.
Sometimes when we’re all together—my parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins—I wonder if people will even know we are a family since we all look so different from one another.
“I’ll be back at three, Obaasan,” I said to my grandmother. “And we can go for our daily walk then, okay?”
Reprinted with permission: (cc) Yes! Magazine