Written by Tania Duprey Stehlik and Illustrated by Vanja Vuleta Jovanovic


Violet's mother is red and her father is blue, which leads her to ask... Why am I Violet?

Violet is happy that her father has come to pick her up after her first day at a new school. But as she races over to meet him, one of the other kids asks, “How come your Dad is blue and you’re not?” Violet has never even thought about this before. Her mother is red, and her father is blueso why isn't she red or blue? Why is she violet? Upset and confused, Violet goes to her mother. Using paints, her mother shows her that when you combine red and blue, you get violet! Like many people in the world, Violet is a beautiful mix of colors. 

A wonderfully original story about acceptance and the beauty of being different, with illustrations that beautifully capture Violet's off-kilter and colorful world.

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About the Author

Tania Duprey Stehlik is an elementary school teacher with the Toronto District School Board. She was born and raised in Montreal, but currently lives in Toronto with her husband Rob. She is of Indian and French Canadian descent and takes great pride in her mixed heritage from which the story of Violet is inspired. This is her first book.

About the Illustrator

Vanja Vuleta Jovanovic is a multimedia artist and a free-lance graphic designer who has had her work displayed in several shows. She was born in former Yugoslavia and presently resides in Toronto. This is her first time illustrating a children’s book.

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Product Information

  • Release: September 10, 2009

  • $15.95 Hardcover with Jacket

  • 24 Pages

  • 8.5 x 8.5

  • Children’s Picture Book

  • Ages 5-8 / Grades 1-3

  • Lexile: 600L Guided Reading: M

  • ISBN: 9781897187609


  • Character Education
    > Empathy
    > Family & Friendship
    > Self-Esteem

  • Reflecting Diversity
    > Cultural & Ethnic Diversity


Awards for Violet

  • 2011 Blue Spruce Award Finalist - Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading

  • Canadian Children's Book Centre's "Best Books for Kids & Teens" - 2011

  • Selected for the #WeNeedDiverseBooks Booktalking Kit : a kit "designed to help shed light on lesser-known books that are about diverse characters and/or written by diverse authors, and to give teachers, librarians and booksellers the tools they need to “booktalk” these books to their students, patrons, and customers."

Praise for Violet

"Artist Jovanovic has painted a colourful, topsy-turvy world for her heroine to inhabit..." - The Globe and Mail

"This is a wonderful story about self-acceptance and individuality. The illustrations are great. As one would expect from a book about colours, it’s bright and vibrant and eye catching." - Toronto Star


"Violet is a sensitive and memorable story… The celebration of differences message is very clear in Violet, which is additionally enriched by a plethora of spicy, imaginative, full page color illustrations." - The Midwest Book Review

"Tania Stehlik’s tale is simple yet effective, and illustrator Vanja Vuleta Jovanovic keeps things interesting by creating a world that is part Dr. Seuss, part The Little Prince, and part something else quite unique." - Quill & Quire

"Kids will delight in and connect with this biracial/multiracial story and the colorful illustrations." - Teaching Tolerance Magazine