Our Skin: A First Conversation About Race
Our Skin: A First Conversation About Race (2021) – board book
Part of the First Conversations series
Written by Megan Madison & Jessica Ralli
Illustrated by Isabel Roxas
Trimsize: 6.81″ x 7.5″
Pages: 36 pages
Ages 0 to 6
Reading Level: Lexile AD550L | Fountas & Pinnell N
Available on backorder
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.
Children notice race ad racism as toddlers. It's never too early to being the conversation. Our Skin: A First Conversation About Race is a great place to start! 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.
Megan Pamela Ruth Madison is a trainer at the Center for Racial Justice in Education and the New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute, facilitating workshops for teachers and families on race, gender, and sexuality.
Jessica Ralli is an Early Chilhood Programs Coordinator at the Brooklyn Public Library.
Isabel Roxas is a NYC-based author, illustrator, and indie publisher.
|Dimensions||6.81 × 7.5 × .84 in|