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Chocolate Me!

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  573 ratings  ·  166 reviews
Now available as a board book, this tender story of self-acceptance will resonate with readers of all ages. When a boy is teased for looking different than the other kids--his skin is darker, his hair curlier--he tells his mother he wishes he could be more like everyone else. And she helps him to see how beautiful he really, truly is.

Here is a much-needed picture book that
Board Book, 32 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Feiwel & Friends (first published September 27th 2011)
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I am literally giving this book 4 stars because of all the self-righteous white women claiming it's racist. You don't get to decide what's racist, folks.

That being said, I hate comparing skin colors to food, but if it comforts bullied children, ok. Part of me thinks I would use this book after teasing has occurred (because it does get quite mean), but in reality child of color are bullied at an early age and I should probably bring it up before it either : a) happens at all- which happens so
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Dec 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a tough book. I know why people don't like it: it is really hard to read out loud. I found myself editing a little bit of it, it was so harsh. In it a little "chocolate" boy is sometimes innocently and sometimes meanly made to feel bad about his physical features as a black child. So if your children have never been asked questions like the little boy in the book, or if they themselves are not black and have not asked questions about skin color yet, it might feel "racist" or "destroying ...more
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Children's Stories Addressing Racist Bullying
The protagonist of this debut picture-book from actor Taye Diggs finds himself the object of ridicule and bullying because of the dark brown color of his skin. The things his peers say - comparing his skin to dirt, commenting on the texture of his hair, and the width of his nose - are very distressing, and begin to make him doubt his self worth. Fortunately his mother is there to give him a better way of looking at the matter: he has skin like chocolate, and to her he is every bit as sweet.

"Chocolate Me!" is about a little boy who is being made fun of because of the color of his skin. I love this book. I would use this book because it incorporates rhyming words, comparison, and provides confidence within students.

I love this book definitely will be a book in my classroom bookshelf. Great illustrations. This book is great for teaching younger children to appreciate the way that they are and that they do not have to fit in or look like everyone else. This book is great for all
Man, this is a tough one to decide about. I like that Taye Diggs and Shane Evans teamed up to create an honest and thoughtful book about being African American. That being said, I cannot ever imagine reading this book to a group of students.

A young, unnamed African American boy is teased for the color of his skin, the shape of his nose, the texture of his hair, and the brightness of his teeth. His mother helps him realize his inner and outer beauty, building his confidence and self-esteem. He is
I am torn on this book.

On one side I feel this is a great book for children who are dark skinned. It does teach them everyone is different and you should love yourself.

On the other side, I feel this book can be considered racist. I did show this to a friend of mine who is African American. She said she does see where this can be a good book, however it does have racial slurs in it. If a child has never heard these before, why put it in their heads? She also said she would never let her niece
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Daring, fun, and hard-hitting. I adored this picture book more than I possibly imagined going in!
Sep 24, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly I would never give a book such low ratings but I felt as though this book was racist which I did not appreciate. When reading the first couple of pages I was taken back by the message I thought I was reading and thought that the book would get better but to my disappointed I believe that the message got worse. The majority of the pages in this book depict the ways that other kids make fun of the African American main character. For example, "Your skin is brown like dirt. Does it hurt to ...more
Text-to-Self Connection: When I was younger, I rode the bus to school every day. I went to a private school but rode a bus with mostly public school kids on it. I had to wear a uniform and sit in a specific part of the bus because I was also younger than most of the other kids on the bus. There were times when kids would make fun of me and make comments about the way I was dressed and how I must be snooty because I went to private school. This made me sad and feel bad about myself. Luckily, like ...more
Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
I didn't know Taye Diggs had a children's book out...I was pleasantly surprised when I saw it in my local library. I struggle to find children's books that feature characters that look like my children so seeing this book made me giddy....and the story was about the character learning to love himself....Chocolate is Sweet! Chocolate is Smooth! Chocolate is beautiful and delicious...Chocolate is Me!
Edward Sullivan
Sep 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: labor, picture-books
Good story about learning to love yourself. If I were chocolate, I believe I would eat myself.
Rani Simpson
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this for Black Histoty Month Story Time! It is a wonderful book and I was able to relate to it's story. Everyone is different! It's our differences that make us special! :)
May 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely book about accepting the skin you are in. Beautiful illustrations also. My son loved this book
Ashli Harper
Chocolate Me! by Taye Diggs is so great. I actually recommend this be a part of everyone's classroom library. It's a fictional story about a dark skin boy who gets picked on because of the color of his skin, the texture of his hair, and how big some of the physical features of his face are. He starts to feel uncomfortable in the skin he's in until his mother helps the beauty in his chocolate skin. This book is so refreshing and uplifting for people of color. The author is also a dark skin male ...more
A book about race and how other children bullied him for his differences. It teaches children to accept everyone no matter how different they are. It took the boy to see and accept his differences in order to teach others he is just like them. Great illustrations.
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young self acceptance for African American children
Recommended to June by: Edward Sullivan
A fun self acceptance book. Who doesn't like chocolate?
Nikki (Melanin Book Babe)
Chocolate Me is a great children's book that teaches kids of color to love their skin and features they were born with. I loved the artwork every page was colorful. I even enjoyed the shade of brown used for the main character. I have a son who is 5 years old who I think will learn a lot from the book. I'm teaching my son even though you may look different you are just as smart as all the other children. I want my son to grow up loving his brown skin and where he came from. But overall I really ...more
Chocolate Me! by Taye Diggs is a very cute book that deals with the fact that the main character is black while most of his peers are not. this book is great for ages 4-8, and it teaches wonderful lessons all while having colorful and amusing illustrations and great dialogue. I personally loved this book because it deals with such a big issue but makes it lighthearted enough for kids to read and even possibly relate to. I love how Diggs writes this and is able to show that the little boy is ...more
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a preschool teacher and I chose to read this book to my class because we were having some issues with excluding children based on the color of their skin. I had one child who didn't even want to wear clothing that was brown because she told her mother that she didn't want it to make her look like she had brown skin. Is the language used in this book a little harsh? Yes. But it's also realistic. I love that Taye Diggs didn't sugar coat anything. Obviously I'm not speaking from experience, but ...more
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book, while many think it's racist by the words it is not. Quite honestly it speaks the harsh truth about African American children who grow up around children of different ethnicities. Growing up there a family who lived next to us, our mothers were friends, and one day I asked my mother why he was so dark, she told me that's the way he was he had dark skin like chocolate. I understood and still played with him and never really asked him questions. I was amused with him though, ...more
Brandi Smith
This is a picturebook about a dark skinned boy who begins to feel badly because he does not look like any of his peers. When he asks his mother why, she encourages him to appreciate the things that make him unique. It is intended for children ages 5-8(P).
I gave this book 3 stars. The illustrator does an excellent job of conveying the contents of the text using bold acrylics. The author's decision to leave the main character unnamed makes it easy for any child to insert himself into the story.
Dec 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. It is a must need on every child's bookshelf. Especially for any child who feels made fun of for the way they look. I first heard that Taye Diggs had wrote his own children's book on Ellen. After hearing about it I knew it was one all the little kids I knew would need. This book is all about accepting yourself. This is a lesson I think we all can understand. No matter your race, gender, or body type we are all at one point put in a situation were we have to choose not to listen ...more
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved this book and it's message. A lot of African American kids grow up in neighborhoods where they are singled out and made to feel different and are teased about the color of their skin. Chocolate Me teaches those children that no matter how anyone else feels about the color of their skin, they are still beautiful!
Faith Tydings
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is such a great book on so many levels - loving the uniqueness of one's self, loving the differences in others and finding the commonality as well as the unique differences in everything. This book makes me want not only to be chocolate but to read more by Taye Diggs...and stare more at his beautiful, chocolate face!
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to read this before I read Mixed Me! but the writing seemed a little bit off to me. I'm glad there's a book like this, though. I would recommend it to older kids though not because younger kids shouldn't read about this but the tone seems better for the former. And I liked the details in the illustrations- particularly all the sayings on the boy's shirt.
A very simple but sweet story. It's just a story about a boy who always felt different as a child by a man who is now a dad and wants his son to always know how special he is. I saw Taye Diggs in an interview explaining his motivation for writing the story. The language is very straightforward and it's a short and very basic story, but it makes the point clear. Different can be delicious.
Amanda S.
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being different is not a bad thing, but it may be hard to fit in as a child. The little boy in the story has a hard time with being dark complected and having different features, until one day Moms made some delicious chocolate cupcakes. Chocolate is sure tasty.
Sydney Porter
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I ABSOLUTELY loved this book! This book is an awesome read with younger kids who are teased or tease other kids about their skin tone! I love it, would recommend reading it with my children at the library.
I wanted to like this story, the chocolate analogy, at least in terms of trying to get a younger child to come to terms with different appearances is probably okay, but I don't feel like the resolution equaled the weight of the story's beginning.
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Genre: Fiction
Theme: Identity, Skin Color, African American
Grade level: 1st-3rd
Awards: Cybils Awards, 2011, Nominee, Fiction Picture Book

Summary- A young boy deals with name calling because of his chocolate skin color. A little boy is teased by Timmy, Johnny, and Mark because he is different. He has chocolate colored skin, but theirs is white so they think he should wash his color off. They wonder how he can comb his curly, poofy hair. They tease him about his nose and how white his teeth are.
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