Indigo Dreaming (Hardcover)

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Indigo Dreaming (Hardcover)

By Dinah Johnson, Anna Cunha (Illustrator)


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A gorgeous, imagination-sparking introduction to the beauty and interconnectedness of the Black diaspora.

A young girl living on the coast of South Carolina dreams of her distant relatives on the shores of Africa and beyond. Indigo Dreaming is a poetic meditation between two young girls—on different sides of the sea—who wonder about how they are intricately linked by culture, even though they are separated by location. The girls’ reflections come together, creating an imaginative and illuminating vision of home, as well as a celebration of the Black diaspora.

This gorgeous lyrical tale engages the senses and evokes childlike curiosity and wonder.

Dinah Johnson is the author of Black Magic, Hair Dance!All Around Town: The Photographs of Richard Samuel Roberts, H Is for Harlem, and several other books. She is a professor of English at the University of South Carolina. You can catch up with Dinah at

Anna Cunha is a Brazilian illustrator, living and working in Belo Horizonte. She has illustrated more than twenty books, including the celebrated A Story About Afiya, and has won the AEILIJ Prize for her work. You can visit Anna at

Product Details ISBN: 9780063080201
ISBN-10: 0063080206
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: October 4th, 2022
Pages: 40
Language: English

Striking and cozy all at once. — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Full of meaningful relationships, this picture book is a joyous, loving celebration of the African diaspora around the globe. — Booklist

[Two] girls, while separated by an ocean, have much in common, as shown in Cunha’s textured, colorful illustrations and Johnson’s engaging text. — Horn Book Magazine

Johnson’s near-rhyming verse is as lulling as the sea [and] Cunha’s textured soft pastels create a wistful, dreamy atmosphere. A gorgeous book that will touch every child’s longing to connect with someone “out there” who is like them. — School Library Journal

Saturated, layered art by Cunha employs visible textures to add depth to each illustration. In concert with playful, dreamlike prose, which details events over the course of a given day, motion-filled landscapes offer images “of the two of us playing/ in the same sun/ in the same sand,/ hand in hand.” — Publishers Weekly