Skin Again – Bell Hooks

skin again
image from amazon.com

 

  • Age Range: 3 – 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – Grade 2
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Jump At The Sun (June 6, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1484799232
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484799239

 

EXCERPT from goodreads.com:

Is there anything more splendid than a baby’s skin? For families of all stripes comes a sweet celebration of what makes us unique—and what holds us together.

Look at you! 
You look so cute
in your brand-new birthday suit. 

Just savor these bouquets of babies—cocoa-brown, cinnamon, peaches and cream. As they grow, their clever skin does too, enjoying hugs and tickles, protecting them inside and out, and making them one of a kind. Fran Manushkin’s rollicking text and Lauren Tobia’s delicious illustrations paint a breezy and irresistible picture of the human family—and how wonderful it is to be just who you are.

SEE LESS

Is there anything more splendid than a baby’s skin? For families of all stripes comes a sweet celebration of what makes us unique—and what holds us together.

Look at you! 
You look so cute
in your brand-new birthday suit. 

Just savor these bouquets of babies—cocoa-brown, cinnamon, peaches and cream. As they grow, their clever skin does too, enjoying hugs and tickles, protecting them inside and out, and making them one of a kind. Fran Manushkin’s rollicking text and Lauren Tobia’s delicious illustrations paint a breezy and irresistible picture of the human family—and how wonderful it is to be just who you are.

SEE LESS

The skin I’m in is just a covering. It cannot tell my story. The skin I’m in is just a covering. If you want to know who I am you have got to come inside and open your heart way wide. Celebrating all that makes us unique and different, Skin Again offers new ways to talk about race and identity. Race matters, but only so much-what’s most important is who we are on the inside. Looking beyond skin, going straight to the heart, we find in each other the treasures stored down deep. Learning to cherish those treasures, to be all we imagine ourselves to be, makes us free. Skin Again celebrates this freedom.

 

Notable Acknowledgements: Illustrated by Chris Raschka— a Caldecott Award-Winning Illustrator

 

Rationale for Inclusion: This is truly a special book as it uses powerful illustrations and creative language to convey the important message that although skin color is important, it is only a covering and does not define who we are on the inside. I like that this book does not dismiss skin color but rather, acknowledges its deep importance while also discussing its inability to define a person. This book helps to teach children that there is so much more to a person than what is visible on the outside and that embracing what makes us both unique and similar, is the key to creating one big happy human family. Books such as this can be a really great way to initiate a discussion about race in a gentle and healthy way that encourages children to view racial differences positively and understand that a person’s race only represents a fraction of who they are.

 

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s