Shades of People - Shelley Rotner
Shades of People is a beautiful variety of children's faces grace the cover and pages of this picture book, and the opening lines state the premise: People come in many different shades.
Not colors, exactly, but shades.
The intent of this brief book by Shellet Rotner is clear: Our skin is just our covering, like wrapping paper. And you can't tell what someone is like from the colour of their skin.
Candid shots capture a variety of young children playing on beaches, in parks and playgrounds. Posed portrait photos also display an assortment of skin shades from cream and ivory to peach, coffee, and cocoa.
Filled with smiles and hugs, the pictures prove an upbeat confirmation of the books central idea. This book enriches and sparks discussions of diversity with children aged between 3-6 years.
Suitable for: 3-6 years