Nuestra piel: Una primera conversación sobre la raza

Penguin Workshop/Rise X. Apr. 2023. 40p. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780593523124. SP.
PreS-Gr 3–This informational text reminds readers that people’s skin comes in all colors. Whether it’s the skin of family members or people they meet on the go, every skin color is beautiful, just the way it is. The work explains that all skin has a substance called melanin. The more melanin a person has, the darker their skin. Skin color does not determine who a person is or their value, although there are many who try to say it does. In child-appropriate terms, the book defines colorism and racism. It also describes institutional racism, and how it can play out in small and big ways, from how rules are made to how children play. Racism can be deliberate or unintentional, but it is always hurtful and unjust. The book emphasizes why it’s important to talk about and fight against racism, whether it is happening to readers or they are witnessing it. This informational text is a great conversation starter on a topic that affects all kids, whether they know it or not. The art is cheerful and colorful, inviting readers to discuss these weighty themes in an accessible and matter-of-fact way. Back matter includes further resources and points of discussion for parents and educators.
VERDICT A great choice for those looking to have child-friendly and necessary conversations about race and racism. Recommended for all libraries.

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