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Black Like Kyra, White Like Me

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  15 reviews
When a black family moves to an all-white neighborhood, prejudice rears its ugly head as the white adults behave rudely and children's friendships break up. ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 1996 by Turtleback Books (first published 1992)
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Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
It's Black History Month! This is a great book about Prejudice. It blows my mind. I live in a predominantly Caucasian area with Some Hispanics. White is boring. My two good friends are married to Men from Haiti who are of African Decent. Their Children are beautiful. They are smart, they are kind, they love God and a great people. Who cares what the color of their skin is.

The cool thing about where I live, even though we are mostly Caucasian we are very excepting. PLEASE I would LOVE a black f
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
The book, “Black Like Kyra, White Like Me,” primarily addresses issues of race and ethnicity. The book centers on the negative experiences of Kyra and her family living in a predominantly white neighborhood. The neighborhood treats Kyra and her family poorly because they are black and refuses to include them in the community, even going as far as to vandalize their property. The friendship between between Kyra and Christy is intended to challenge the racist views of the neighborhood. While the b ...more
Lauren Barber
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The narrator of this book is unnamed throughout the entire story. She has two white friends in her neighborhood, Matt and Julie. However, her black friend, Kyra, she met at the youth center. Kyra begins to express her fears to the narrator of the current neighborhood dangers/crimes going on. The girl suggests that Kyra’s parents look at the house for sale next door to hers. Kyra’s family eventually moves into the house, in the middle of the white neighborhood. The white families around them begi ...more
Jordan Vinson
"Black Like Kyra, White Like Me" is a wonderful book about two girls, Kyra and Christie who are best friends. Kyra is African American and Christie is white. Christie end sup learning a lesson about prejudice when Kyra moves into her area. The families begin to have conflict due to prejudice but it gets better when they develop more trust and reliance on each other.
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a children's book that will stick in your memory because it shows the truth. When neighbors pre-judge new residents in the neighborhood, it is the children who get hurt. The story is short but beautifully told and does not sugarcoat what too often happens in our society. ...more
Lesley Colin
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the story about Christy, who is a white girl who attends a gymnasium, and how she has a friend, Kyra, that is a black girl. During the time period of the book, shortly after the civil war and probably during the period of reconstruction, there was a lot of hate towards black people just like there was for Kyra and her family. Christy suggests that Kyra and her family move to her neighborhood because it was a safe place to be; however, when they settle in, they realize that their other wh ...more
Elisa Samano
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Black Like Kyra, White Like Me by Judith Vigna takes us to the time when black people were looked down upon by white people. This book does focus on the side of Kyra's best friend, and how much she loves her, and does not discriminate her. Kyra's best friend wonders why the neighbors don't like her Kyra's family, and why everyone must stay away from them. This story really brings to life the way black people felt when they faced discrimination.

The characters in this book do behave in a way that
Sonia Contreras
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This story is about how friendship can overcome obstacles. In this book, a young girl named Christy is best friends with another girl named Kyra. They both attend a local gymnasium, which is how they became friends. Kyra is facing some hardships in the neighborhood where she lives, which led to her parents searching for a new home, somewhere that is safe. Christy suggests a house in her neighborhood. The only problem is that Christy is white, as well as the majority of the neighborhood where she ...more
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
Black Like Kyra, White Like Me by Judith Vigna is a multi-cultural book about two friends who met at a dance program. The main character, Christy, is white, and her good friend Kyra, is black. Kyra lives in the bad side of town where there are gun shots and violence. One day Christy's neighbor moves away, and Kyra's family moves in. The neighbor across the street is a bigot and did not like the black family that moved across the street from them. Acts of vandalism were targeted at the black fami ...more
Angelique Scott
Dec 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Vigna's "Black Like Kyra, White Like Me" tells the friendship of a young white Caucasian girl and her friend who is African-American, who eventually moves next door. In this new neighborhood, Kyra and her family face discrimination and their new neighbors are unhappy that people of a different skin color moved into the neighborhood. The angry people eventually move and everyone gets along together in the end.

I feel like "Black Like Kyra, White Like Me" was a little off. It seems like it glazed o
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ed-310
Very good book to talk about diversity. It was very sad and I thought that the main character of the story is a good role model.

My summary,
There is a girl who goes to gymnastics and she has an African American friend name Kyra who lives in a bad neighborhood and her parents are worried and want to move. The main character's neighborhood has a house for sale right next to her so Kyra's family decides to move in. They start being harassed and the mom explains to the little girl why the people on
McKinzie Elton
This picture book is about a black family that moves into an all white neighborhood. Christy, a white girl in the neighborhood, is good friends with Kyra, from the black family. Unfortunately, the black family is very unwelcome in the neighborhood, so much so that a very racist white family ends up moving away. However, the friendship between the two young girls becomes even stronger. This book could be used in a second grade classroom to talk about the physical and cultural characteristics of t ...more
Emily Conradi
Apr 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: multicultural, racism
Two best friends get really excited about the possibility of living next to each other. But when the African American friend moves into the Caucasian friend's neighborhood, trouble stirs. This is a portrayal of an ongoing and sad reality in America today.

2nd graders would benefit from this perspective of a possibly not so familiar neighborhood or community. The book would also offer opportunities for exploring safety and public rights issues.
Nov 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely wonderful. A must read.
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