Our Skin: A First Conversation About Race (First Conversations)

Our Skin: A First Conversation About Race (First Conversations)
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March 16, 2022
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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.

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Perfect Introduction to Race
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All children notice different skin tones because it's a part of their growing brain's curiosity. OUR SKIN teaches about why there's a difference and that it's because of melanin in our bodies. It isn't because one skin tone is better than another. It addresses racism and the negatives of it too. For more topics on this matter, there's a "Continue the Conversation" in the back of the book that talks more on skin color, observations made, family diversity, identity terms, stereotypes, race, racism, and activism. These little sections give parents ideas to provide more knowledge for children to understand the differences better in a discussion format. With how prevalent racism still is, this is a necessary book and should even be included in school libraries or classroom readings.

OUR SKIN is a great way to introduce the different races to young children who might not understand why everyone appears a different color. This is a great book to stomp on racism and help prevent it at the roots. The illustrations are inclusive of all skin tones and the art style is simple yet bold enough to catch a child's eye. I like how the authors take a factual approach to explaining things instead of it feeling more like an opinion. To me, it makes this book feel more credible as an excellent resource for parents of all races.

Final Verdict: I would recommend this to parents who want to introduce the difference in races to help prevent the development of racism. It's a great educational tool to expand a child's mind while encouraging that childish curiosity in a positive way.
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