Our Skin: A First Conversation about Race

Our Skin: A First Conversation about Race

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.

Title:Our Skin: A First Conversation about Race
ISBN:9780593382639
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    Our Skin: A First Conversation about Race Reviews

  • Abby Johnson

    Here's a great introduction to talking to young kids about skin color and race, complete with tips for parents on having these conversations. I can only speak to my own perspective as a white reader, ...

  • Kathleen Mulrine

    My preschooler gets it. Kids can see. We just need to give them words to understand it and communicate it....

  • Michele Knott

    must have/must read!...

  • Jillian Heise

    FABULOUS introduction to race & racism for young children presented in a board book format. A definite purchase for my elementary libraries and to share with students to spark conversations....

  • Aolund

    In this wonderful book, formatted like a board book but absolutely appropriate for toddlers and pre-schoolers, simple and carefully articulated text about skin color, race, and racism is paired with f...

  • Stephany Pachowka

    This is a must have for anyone building a diverse library for their little ones. As a white reader I can only speak my perspective on it and I believe this book would be a useful tool for us when intr...

  • Anastasia Tuckness

    This is a thoroughly excellent book providing a springboard for discussion about race with children (recommended for age 2 and up, per researchers' findings that kids notice race and how it affects th...

  • Annamarie Carlson (she, her)

    A book as much (maybe a little more) for caregivers as it is for kids. Children notice race and racism as toddlers, and can distinguish skin color as babies. This book provides ways to start those con...

  • Joyce

    A wonderful conversation starter piece for young children about the concepts of race. Amazing historical references that are easy to understand for children that encourages them to speak out if they s...

  • Allison

    I read this with my son, who is 2.5. The first half of the book was a great way to start the conversation about race. The second half went way over his head with the discussion of racism and where it ...