From legendary author and critic bell hooks and multi-Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka comes a way to talk about race and identity that will appeal to parents of the youngest readers—in board book edition.
The skin I'm in is just a covering. It cannot tell my story. If you want to know who I am, you have got to come inside and open your heart way wide. Race matters, but 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.
This award-winning book celebrates all that makes us unique and different and offers a strong, timely and timeless message of loving yourself and others.
Don’t miss these other books by bell hooks and Chris Raschka! Be Boy Buzz Happy to Be Nappy Grump Groan Growl
About the Author
bell hooks is a world-renowned cultural critic, feminist theorist, and distinguished author and professor of English at Berea College. She has written several acclaimed children's books including Be Boy Buzz, Skin Again, and Happy to Be Nappy, all illustrated by Chris Raschka. Chris Raschka is the Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator of The Hello, Goodbye Window and A Ball for Daisy. He also received a Caldecott Honor for Yo! Yes? and has written and illustrated numerous books for children, including several titles by bell hooks: Happy to Be Nappy, Skin Again, and Be Boy Buzz. A 2012 nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, he lives in New York City.
"Raschka does his usual extraordinary job of illustrating highly abstract concepts: children of different colors...look at, point at, and reach out to each other, finally clasping hands in a sort of a graphic minuet."—Kirkus Reviews
"In Raschka's exuberant paintings, an unpeeled-onion motif implies the multiplicity of stories beneath a person's visible surface."—Publishers Weekly