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The Skin You Live In

When Michael Tyler’s son came to him with a story of schoolyard bullying, he knew this would require more than the standard “keep your chin up” advice. His son had been confronted with a racial epithet and Tyler wanted an illustrative way to explain why that’s never appropriate behavior-from anyone. But most children’s literature he read that talked about skin color wasn’t hitting the mark for him. So Tyler wrote his own book. The Skin You Live In is 10 years old this year, and the author says it’s re-emerging as an important option for parents and teachers to pass on the lessons of diversity, self-esteem and race. Tyler details why he thinks the message is different, but even more necessary than ever. (Photo courtesy of Pinterest)

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