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Nuestra piel
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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.--Melanie Ortega
This groundbreaking title in the First Conversations series is now available in Spanish! Based on the research that race, gender, consent, and body positivity should be discussed with toddlers on up, this read-aloud picture book series offers adults the opportunity to begin important conversations with young children in an informed, safe, and supported way.

¡Este innovador título de la colección Primeras conversaciones está ahora disponible en español! Esta colección de álbumes ilustrados para leer en voz alta está basada en investigaciones que revelan que, desde la primera infancia, se debe conversar con los niños sobre la raza, el género, el consentimiento y una visión positiva del cuerpo, y ofrece a los adultos la oportunidad de iniciar esas importantes conversaciones de una manera informada y segura, y con el apoyo necesario.

Developed by experts in the fields of early childhood and activism against injustice, this topic-driven picture 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 the backmatter offers additional resources and ideas for extending this discussion.

Estos álbumes ilustrados, enfocados en temas específicos y desarrollados por expertos en las áreas de primera infancia y activismo contra la injusticia, ofrecen un leguaje claro y concreto, e imágenes atractivas que los niños entenderán y los adultos podrán aprovechar para ampliar la conversación.

Los niños observan y cuestionan con avidez lo que sucede a su alrededor. Los adultos, en contraste, suelen acallar o posponer las conversaciones sobre temas complicados porque les cuesta saber por dónde empezar. Hay investigaciones que demuestran que el hablar sobre asuntos como la raza y el género desde los dos años de edad no solo ayuda a los niños a entender lo que ven sino que incrementa su autoconocimiento y autoestima y los ayuda a reconocer y confrontar cuestiones injustas, como la discriminación y los prejuicios.

Este primer libro de la colección inicia la conversación sobre la raza con una aproximación provista de apoyo que tiene en cuenta tanto al niño como al adulto. Bellas ilustraciones acompañan el texto, simple e interactivo; y al final se ofrecen recursos e ideas adicionales para ampliar la conversación.
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