if your bones shake with grief
it is your core remembering that before this moment
you were different
although change is not always beautiful
it is always happening
fabian romero- indigenous immigrant queer boi writer
Two Mrs. Gibsons…
is author Toyomi Igus’s tender and touching tribute to the two most important women in her life, her Japanese mother and her African-American grandmother. In it, Toyomi celebrates the richness of growing up biracial. From her grandmother’s big bear hugs to her mother’s light caresses, from playing with her grandmother’s fancy Sunday-meetin’ hats to trying on her mother’s kimono, the author conveys the warmth of these special relationships.
published her first children’s book in 1991. To date she has authored six children books, including When I Was Little and Great Women in the Struggle (Just Us Books); Going Back Home (Childrens’ Book Press), winner of the American Book Award and the Skipping Stones Honor, and I See the Rhythm (Childrens’ Book Press), winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, Multicultural Children’s Book Award, and the Jane Addams Picture Book Award, and her very personal Two Mrs. Gibsons (Childrens’ Book Press), which remains on educational recommended book lists around the country.
Igus was one of the featured writers in To the Young Writer: Nine Writers Talk About Their Craft by Hank Nuwer (Franklin Watts Press, 2002). She was also inducted into the Western New York Women’s Hall of Fame in 2004 for her work in promoting literacy among children.