The Colors of Us by Karen Katz
What would your child’s self-portrait look like? Seven-year-old Lena wants to use brown paint for her skin. She takes a walk with her mother and learns that that brown comes in different shades.
Thanks to the book’s illustrator’s artistic skills, the complex and nuanced topic of race and skin shade becomes clearer and simplified. Young mothers wonder when their child will begin to see colour. We think about when it would be the best time to talk about race. But once we’ve overcome that subject, we soon have to embark on another one – colourism. A mother’s work is truly never done…! Thankfully, Karen Katz has made our jobs a little easier! The Colors of Us is the perfect book to read before the ‘talk’ about race.
Literacy Boost Tip 3 Reading a picture book (with no words) changes the routine and has many benefits. Children who do this often showed significant advancement in their use of language and imagination.