When I bought two Amy Hodgepodge books 18 months ago, I figured it would be a long time before anyone in my house read them.

Then Simone started reading chapter books, and I remembered I had the books. I found one of the Amy Hodgepodge books, and Simone read half of it. She stored the book under her pillow for safe keeping and resumed reading it the next day.

She asked me to find the other book, and I tore up the house looking for it. Alas, I couldn’t put my hands on it, so we went to the library and checked out two more. She has finished the second book in the series and is reading the third.

Parents of mixed race adults have told me there wasn’t any literature available to them when their children we’re growing up. They wanted their children to read about characters who looked like them or who had parents of different races like them.

I stumbled upon the book series and just had to check it out. The book centers around Amy Hodges, a 9-year-old girl, who goes to school for the first time after being home-schooled. Amy Hodges soon becomes Amy Hodgepodge because her grandparents are Korean, Japanese, African-American and white.

I wish I could say Simone loves the Amy Hodgepodge series because the main character is mixed. I wish I could. When I asked her why she liked the book, she told me she liked the pictures, the dog, and what happens in the book.

So, I asked a more pointed question. Do you think it’s because Amy is mixed? I got the blank stare. I got the stare when your kid looks at you like you’re speaking another language. No matter. I am grateful such literature exists. Simone may not know it now, but maybe one day she will say: Do you remember those Amy Hodgepodge books I used to read? I am more than willing to wait for that day.

5 thoughts to “Calling Amy Hodgepodge

  • Blanc2

    The books sound fantastic. However, I think you’ll find as your kids grow up that (a) they are way more savvy about race than you can possibly imagine, and (b) they are way more casual about race than you can possibly imagine.

    • Honeysmoke

      I hope you’re right.

  • Nikki @Blasian Baby Notes

    Ha ha. Maybe Simone lives in a world where everyone is mixed race so she’s thinking “Mom what’s the big deal?” Ah love the way kids see the world

  • Jen Marshall Duncan

    Last year I read the first Amy Hodgepodge book aloud to my girls and they loved it! My oldest daughter is 9 and she went on to read the others on her own. Reading aloud gave us the chance to talk about the mixed part of the book that they may not have thought about on their own. We’ve found a few other books that have mixed characters and diverse families that they loved–Whoopi Goldberg’s Sugar Plum Ballerinas series, and the Keena Ford series are favorites with my girls. Have your girls read them? Like you, I am thankful that there are books where my children can see others who are like them!

    • Honeysmoke

      Oooh, thanks for the suggestions.

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