The Skin You Live In
by Michael Tyler & David Lee Csicsko

The Skin You Live InI don’t really have the words to explain how fantastic I think this book is. In my opinion it should be on the shelf of every school library as it does such a great job of celebrating diversity.

On the surface the book is about skin colour but it’s also so much more than that. As well as illustrating the beautiful range of skin colours we have and describing them all in a lovely way, it shows how we are not to be defined by colour and encourages your child to look beyond the surface.

Our skin is a part of us and every day it helps us to be who we are and do the things we enjoy. We live inside it and smile in it. We play in it and we sleep in it. We have fun in it and we laugh in it (to quote the book we even ‘dream about eating ice cream’ in it <3).

Your skin doesn’t determine if you are smart or strong or good – YOU do. The you that is inside your skin. You get to decide who you want to be and your hopes and dreams can (and should) be as big as your imagination allows.

Ultimately it shows that we are all special and that our differences can only serve to make us more interesting and unique.

The illustrations are delightful and Ivy loves tracing her finger over all the different smiling faces as we read the book together.

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