Our Skin: A First Conversation About Race
Written by Megan Madison and Jessica Ralli
Illustrated by Isabel Roxas
A read-aloud book that lets parents explore the topic of race with children in an informed and supported way.
Format: Board book
Suitable for ages 3 and above
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 at the end, you'll find additional resources and ideas for extending this discussion.
Read if you: think children should be heard and not just seen.