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Revisiting Julie Hakim Azzam’s “Mommy, Do I Have White Skin?: Skin Color, Family, and Picture Books”

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“My own mother was of Belgian descent and Christian, while my father was a Lebanese Muslim immigrant…Being light-skinned, I assimilated so well that friends were shocked when they came to my house and discovered my father spoke with an accent and my grandmother had dark skin. These experiences were reminders that Arabs could be close to being considered ‘white’ Americans, but not quite.”

In her November/December 2016 Horn Book Magazine article, Julie Hakim Azzam talks about looking for books that helped her discuss heritage and race in her own Arab American family. We linked to this piece two-and-a-half months ago; after this weekend’s events targeting Muslims and others from Arab countries, Julie’s thoughts on race and identity are worth reading again.

About Kitty Flynn

Kitty Flynn is consulting editor for The Horn Book, Inc.

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