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Our skin : a first conversation about race

by Madison, Megan,

Format: Print Book 2021
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Summary
Based on the research that race, gender, consent, and body positivity should be discussed with toddlers on up, this read-aloud board book series offers adults the opportunity to begin important conversations with young children in an informed, safe, and supported way.

Developed by experts in the fields of early childhood and activism against injustice, this topic-driven board book offers clear, concrete language and beautiful imagery that young children can grasp and adults can leverage for further discussion.

While young children are avid observers and questioners of their world, adults often shut down or postpone conversations on complicated topics because it's hard to know where to begin. Research shows that talking about issues like race and gender from the age of two not only helps children understand what they see, but also increases self-awareness, self-esteem, and allows them to recognize and confront things that are unfair, like discrimination and prejudice.

This first book in the series begins the conversation on race, with a supportive approach that considers both the child and the adult. Stunning art accompanies the simple and interactive text, and the backmatter offers additional resources and ideas for extending this discussion.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "If there were ever a concept that was difficult to break down into terms accessible to young children, it is the concept of race, so adults will welcome Our Skin for its ability to do just that. The book begins simply, with statements about skin color and accompanying questions that ask readers what they have noticed about the variety of shades of skin color around them. The illustrations depict humans of every hue, age, and size in so many shades of melanin. From there, the text transitions fluidly to explain, very succinctly, the pseudoscience behind white supremacy that led to racism. A few examples of what racism looks like in children's worlds make this concept tangible and ripe with opportunities to keep the conversation going, which is precisely the purpose of this series of First Conversations books. The back matter is intended for adults, with tips on how to interrupt stereotypical ideas, call out racism, and teach youngsters to do the same."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "This accessibly written, adroit primer prompts the youngest readers to consider how skin tone relates to race and ethnicity, societal treatment, and justice. Madison and Ralli open with several pages featuring simple sentences centering skin, each followed by a gentle, well-chosen discussion question on the facing page: "Our skin is beautiful, strong,/ and important just the way it is!// What do you love about your skin?" The duo then digs deeper, explaining melanin, race, and racism, with illuminating examples: "Racism is also the things people do and the unfair rules they make about race so that white people get more power, and are treated better, than everybody else." Dot-eyed, clearly emotive characters by Roxas, vibrantly rendered and digitally collaged, are of varying age, ability, religion, and skin tone. An ideal conversation starter for any child. Back matter relays opportunities for adults to begin talks about skin color, race-related observations, family diversity, identity terms, and more. Ages 2--5. (May)"
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Additional Information
Series First conversations
Subjects Race -- Juvenile literature.
Racism -- Juvenile literature.
Identity (Psychology) -- Juvenile literature.
Prejudices -- Juvenile literature.
Race.
Racism.
Identity.
Prejudices.
Board books.
Publisher New York :2021
Contributors Ralli, Jessica, author.
Roxas, Isabel, illustrator.
Language English
Notes On board pages.
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 19 cm.
ISBN 9780593382639
0593382633
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