The Proudest Color


A children's book about racial identity with a research-based approach to bolstering children against the effects of racial discrimination. 

"For me, brown is more than feeling proud. It’s the color I see when I see me."

Zahra sees the world in vivid color. When she’s happy, she feels a razzle-dazzle pink in her hands. When she’s sad, she feels a deep blue behind her eyes. But she isn’t quite sure how to feel about the color of her skin. Kids at school tell her she is different, but her mother tells her to be proud!

From a diverse team and based on extensive research, The Proudest Color is a timely, sensitive introduction to race, racism, and racial pride.


  • Hardcover 
  • Full-color illustrations 
  • Authors will be donating 100% of their proceeds to the ACLU and Los Angeles based youth programs serving BIPOC children.

About the Authors

Sheila Modir, Ph.D., is a pediatric psychologist and Jeffrey Kashou, LMFT, is a marriage and family therapist. As Middle Eastern Americans (Iranian and Palestinian) and as clinicians, they advocate for diversity, equality, and inclusion and work toward promoting resistance in children. While this is their first children's book together, this happy couple from Southern California has teamed up on publications, presentations, and service work locally and internationally. 

About the Illustrator

Monica Mikai is an illustrator and former educator. She has an MFA from the New York Studio School where she studied painting and currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, two sons, and her sassy cat, Nima. 


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