“I’m Dreaming of a Brown Christmas” is a full-color picture book and poem inspired by the lyrics of the classic Christmas song “White Christmas”, but as imagined through the eyes of a young African-American child living in the city.
The project was launched as a Kickstarter by Vernon and Steve in 2021, quickly name a “Project We Love” by the Kickstarter team, and the project went on to successfully raise nearly $11,000 to go towards the printing 2000 hardcover books.
Written and illustrated by cousins Steven T. Gray and Vernon D. Gibbs II, the words and images celebrate many of the wonderful brown things we all enjoy at Christmastime like fresh-baked cookies, warm cups of hot chocolate, and a golden brown turkey hot from the oven. But most importantly, this book celebrates the many shades of brown skin the young child sees on the faces of his family and friends.
We hope that reading “I’m Dreaming of a Brown Christmas” will become a new holiday tradition for you, and the ones you hold dear for many years to come.
You can purchase your copy of “I’m Dreaming of a Brown Christmas” at a number of booksellers: