Chocolate Me! Full of delicious life lessons!

It's so hard to imagine that there was a time when Taye Diggs was teased and bullied for his appearance, but as you turn the pages of his children's book Chocolate Me! you will soon discover a world that is all too familiar to most of us.

Indeed this is a children's book that is near and dear to my heart for many reasons. Chocolate Me! Is full of delicious life lessons for all of us, young and old! Books have the incredible ability to take us on magical journeys - distant lands full of adventure. But books like Chocolate Me! also have the incredible ability to spotlight our own life experiences, transforming negativity and pain into positivity and joy knowing that you truly are not alone in the world and what you have to offer the world is bigger than life itself. 

As an elementary school educator, artist (former dancer/singer) and mother, the book captured my attention with it's gorgeous, come-to-life illustrations by Shane W. Evans. The title left me intrigued and curious about where the story would take me and my little girls. So I bought the book and before I even had the chance to read the words that adorned the pages, my 2 year old daughter was mesmerized and proceeded to recite the story to me, just by looking at the lovely illustrations. "Oh look! The boy is sad. People are pointing at him, talking at him. Aaahh there's his mother. His mother made him happy..."

Chocolate Me! has this amazing way of telling the story of being bullied and ultimately discovering your value, in such a delightful and uplifting way without making light of the fact that we have all been the underdog and felt isolated from the world that surrounds us. The words rhyme and flow so fluently and beautifully, with a cadence and rhythm that stays ingrained in your heart and mind, giving you hope that as your child grows up, he or she will have the self-confidence that Taye acquired in the midst of a painful, yet all-too common experience. My two year old absolutely loves this story; it's her favorite story right now, and I can only hope and pray that it will serve as a reference for her as she faces the inevitable experience of being teased for being herself. 

Perhaps what makes this children's book so special is that not only does it utilize the real-life experience of the author, but the story is also a collaboration between longtime friends Taye Diggs and Shane W. Evans. The gentlemen have been friends since the age of 15, and now that they have families of their own, their dream of collaborating on a children's book will definitely add to the legacy they leave for their children, all of our children. 

It is never too early to open the eyes, hearts, minds and souls of our children so that they can see how brightly they shine, illuminating the world with everything that makes them unique. Chocolate Me! is an excellent resource for opening that door and dialogue! #BreakOffaPeace