ABC7 Unite: New children's book series tackles hard-to-discuss topics

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ABC7 Unite: New book series for kids tackles hard-to-discuss topics
A brand new picture book is helping parents talk to children about subjects that might otherwise be uncomfortable or overlooked.

NEW YORK (WABC) -- A brand new picture book is helping parents talk to children about subjects that might otherwise be uncomfortable or overlooked.

"Our Skin: A First Conversation About Race" was co-authored by Megan Madison and Jessica Ralli, and illustrated by Isabel Roxas.

"When we don't talk about it, children often come to their own conclusions," Ralli said.

The book is the first in a series on diversity and is in libraries and book stores now.

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"We really created the tool that I had been looking for as a parent," Ralli said. "To have supportive, intentional, and honest conversations early and often about race and racism with my own kids."

She has young children and a background in childhood education, and she was looking for way to talk to them about the civil unrest they were seeing.

"Children are ready to have these conversations," she said. "By not having them, we are doing them a disservice. Because it's already something they are thinking about and noticing."

The books are based on an anti bias education.

According to the authors, there are four core goals for kids and grownups: Identity, diversity, justice and activism.

The book depicts a protest and a child holding a Black Lives Matter sign, encouraging kids to act.

"There are things they can do to make the world more, just, to make the world more fair," Ralli said.

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The authors are working on the next three books in this series, which address gender, consent, and body image. The next book will be available July 13.

For more on the book series, visit

Additional resources from the Brooklyn Public Library:

--Diverse books for babies

--Diverse books for toddlers

--Diverse books for preschoolers and pre-K

--Diverse books for children in kindergarten and first grade


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We are also publishing resources in a range of areas, which will grow and can be found below:

Ways to Help

Black Lives Matter

Black Voters Matter Fund


National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform

Voices of Community Activists & Leaders (VOCAL-NY)

Black LGBTQIA + Migrants Project

Teaching the Next Generation

Black Lives Matter at School

Creating Space To Talk About Racism At Your School

Teaching for Black Lives - Rethinking Schools

Black-Owned Bookstores in New York and New Jersey

Cafe con Libros (Brooklyn)

Grandma's Place (Harlem)

Sister's Uptown (Manhattan)

Source of Knowledge (Newark)

The Lit. Bar (Bronx)

The Little Boho Bookshop (Bayonne)


Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children In A Racially Unjust America by Jennifer Harvey

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism



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American Son: Available on Netflix

If Beale Street Could Talk: Available on Hulu

Just Mercy: Available on Amazon Prime

Selma: Available on Amazon Prime

The Hate U Give: Available on Amazon Prime

When They See Us: Available on Netflix


13th: Available on Netflix

America Inside Out with Katie Couric: Available on National Geographic

Becoming: Available on Netflix

I am Not Your Negro: Available on YouTube