Laura Henry-Allain (text) and Onyinye Iwu (illustrator), My Skin, Your Skin, Penguin Random House Australia, November 2021, 32 pp., RRP $19.99 (hbk), ISBN 9780241512739
People can be anything they want to be – race has nothing to do with what someone can achieve.
My Skin, Your Skin is an empowering, illustrated information text that invites discussion surrounding racism and anti-racism. Author Laura Henry-Allain Mbe appeals to an early reader audience, using child-friendly terminology to cover what racism looks like and how to stop it. Onyinye Iwu’s vivid illustrations capture the importance of celebrating our differences, encouraging self-love and appreciation of diversity.
The final pages of the book provide a helpful glossary of relative terms and a note for adults regarding how to support young children tackle racism. Overall, My Skin, Your Skin is a positive read for the classroom or family home.
Reviewed by Olivia Sammut