NONFICTION

This Is Your Brain on Stereotypes: How Science Is Tackling Unconscious Bias

Kids Can. Sept. 2020. 88p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781525300165.
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Gr 5-8–This primer for upper elementary and middle school students explains the science, history, and psychology of stereotypes. The book’s five chapters make this a manageable read for young readers. Additionally, Shannon’s bright illustrations and sidebars break up the succinct chapters. Kyi often asks questions to illustrate her point and to help readers identify their own biases, creating an interactive reading experience. Topics about stereotypes surrounding gender, race, class, and political and religious beliefs are addressed. Studies or historical examples from various periods and geographic locations are used to solidify the text. The final chapter focuses on ways that people have fought against stereotypes; a list of suggestions on how to unlearn biases is featured. Back matter includes a list of additional resources, selected resources for each chapter, and a well-constructed index.
VERDICT A worthwhile purchase for middle grade collections that will help readers recognize, understand, and eradicate stereotypes.

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