Magnificent Homespun Brown: A Celebration

Samara Cole Doyon (Author) Kaylani Juanita (Illustrator)


Kirkus Starred Review

PW Starred Review

School Library Journal Starred Review

"The definition of brown joy. THESE are the normalizations in stories that we need, unadulterated Black and Brown joy full of self-esteem and confidence..." the tiny activist

Told by a succession of exuberant young narrators, Magnificent Homespun Brown is a story -- a song, a poem, a celebration -- about feeling at home in one's own beloved skin.

Product Details

$16.95  $15.59
Tilbury House Publishers
Publish Date
January 07, 2020
9.4 X 0.4 X 10.1 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Samara Cole Doyon is both a second-generation Haitian American and a deeply rooted Mainer, with half of the roots of her family tree reaching generations deep into the soil of the Pine Tree State. Her picture-book debut, Magnificent Homespun Brown, received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal. You can visit her online at
Kaylani Juanita's mission as an artist is to support the stories of the underrepresented and create new ways for people to imagine themselves. Her work has appeared at the Society of Illustrators and the BBC website, and she is the illustrator of the picture books Ta-Da! and winner of the ALA Stonewall Book Award for When Aidan Became a Brother. She lives in the Bay Area in California. Look for her online at and @kaylanijuanita on Twitter and Instagram.


Celebration of community and belonging. - Starred Review-- (01/07/2020)
This "celebration" makes magic out of the everyday joys of being in the world. - Starred Review-- (10/27/2019)
Whether this delightful book is a mirror or a window for a child, it is a must-read for its celebration of love for oneself and one's family. - Starred Review-- (01/01/2020)