As a biracial child, Maggy Williams had three options. She could identify as black, white, or mixed. She chose to embrace her multiracial heritage because she was taught that she could. Her hope is that this book will help children to realize that it is possible to integrate their multiple racial identities.
Whether you are black or brown or white or tan, you are beautiful and you deserve to be loved.
As for me, I’ve always had skin the color of honey. I got it because my mom is white and my dad is black. I didn’t know my dad. My mom raised me all by herself. And I was really lucky because she taught me that I wasn’t just black or just white. I was both.
I used to love to read. From the minute I learned how to do it, I’d stay up late, under the covers, with my secret flashlight, reading so late that the next day I’d fall asleep in my cereal. I read and read and read. And I found books with white main characters, or black, or Hispanic, or Asian, but none about kids who were lucky enough to be mixed—like me.
So I made a promise to my little girl self that, when I grew up, I would write a book that helped kids like me celebrate all sides of themselves. This is that book.
“Maggy Williams’ text comes straight from the heart, helping us all say goodbye to the days when a child had to own only one identity. This book is a loving message to all children, regardless of ethnicity. Love who you are, be who you are meant to be and find the joy in being you!”
–Ellen E. Sadler, children’s book author and award-winning educator
“I’m Mixed is a simple story which approaches how we describe ourselves from an early age, from the perspective of a young girl who has a black father and a white mother. It encourages children to embrace their appearance without labeling themselves as one race or another. In an increasingly diverse world, acceptance, inclusion and self-awareness are imperative, and Maggy Williams gives us a great starting point for conversation.”
“At a time when so many feel excluded and less-than, I’m Mixed, by Maggy Williams, reminds us that everyone is to be appreciated and celebrated for who and what they are.”
–Cyrus Webb, media personality, author, and speaker
–Lori Siesto, MME-MT, MT-BC, author, educator and music therapist
Celia and the Glue Man
Life without cookies, cake and pizza is no fun, so Celia decides to break the rules - just this once. She eats a cupcake. What follows is what you might expect. Celia gets sick. Really sick. So sick she decides to give up gluten for good. But she's not happy about it. Then, she meets someone who changes her perspective.
When I first learned that I had Celiac disease, I was sad and angry and had a hard time accepting I couldn’t eat gluten any more. For a while, I ate it anyway – and got really sick. Then, I realized I had a choice. I could focus on what I couldn’t have, or on the love and support of the people around me.
I made a promise to myself that I would write a book that helped other people to know that they don’t have to feel alone because of their food sensitivities. So, I’m hoping you will stay away from gluten, or any other food that makes you feel bad, and move toward love instead.
"I love this book! What a beautiful message to send to young people about how to turn circumstances around. It's all about the food of love and friendship that is the most sustainable, energetically charged nourishment, not only for young people but for our shared humanity. There should be an open space on all book shelves to welcome this heartwarming story."
–Laura Parisi, Food Shaman, Reiki Master, Founder of Rooted Angel Cooking School
"A book that is both fun (and rhyming!) and important for kids to understand how celiac disease works and what it means for kids at school. It will appeal to those who have the disease, as a comfort and explanation, and to their friends who may not understand why they can't share some foods."
–Jacqui Lipton, Author and Literary Consultant, Authography LLC
"I cannot say enough good things about this book. I LOVE it! The biggest challenge to following any special diet is the emotional component, rather than a lack of knowledge. Maggy finds a creative way to guide kids who are struggling with dietary restrictions to reach a place of acceptance. I also appreciated the very useful visual of the glue monster, especially since that's essentially what gluten is!"
–Ashley E. Daub, Pediatric Dietitian, MS, RD, LD