by Megan Madison & Jessica Ralli; art by Isabel Roxas
Research has shown that children begin recognizing race a few months after birth, and that talking about issues like race and gender from the age of two helps children understand what they see, increases self-awareness, and allows them to recognize and confront things that are unfair. Our Skin is a board book for caregivers to share with toddlers and preschoolers, explaining concepts in accessible language: "We get our color from something smart inside our bodies called melanin that protects our skin from the sun. You have melanin, too. We all do! Everybody has just the right amount for them."
The illustrations are bright and engaging, telling a story that draws readers in. Further resources are provided for caregivers to extend the conversation. For more tips about having conversations about race with young children, we recommend checking out this article from local organization Embrace Race.
See the Jones Library Antiracism Book List for recommended titles for all ages.