Louise Spilsbury, Illustrated by Hanane Kai - All books by this author
Children in Our World - All books in this series
With our 24/7 news cycle and constant access to the latest headlines, the world can be a scary place. Now imagine you're a child trying to make sense of it all! That's where books from the Children in Our World series can help. Each book uses relatable comparisons, carefully researched text, and striking illustrations to help kids understand the many difficulties that children just like them face in the world today. In Racism and Intolerance, children can get answers to questions like: "What does it mean to be a racist—or intolerant?" and "How can I help?" Children will begin to understand the way others struggle with these issues and become empowered to make a difference. Award-winning illustrator Hanane Kai uses a deft hand to create powerful illustrations that help children visualize the people impacted by poverty, hunger, war, racism, and more. All of the images are sensitively rendered and perfectly suited for younger children. These books are an excellent cross-curricular resource—use them to explore important issues and tie them into discussions about food, wealth, compassion, empathy, and current affairs. (Ages 6–10)
From the Reviews:
"A powerful opportunity for discussion with youngsters and a worthwhile purchase for home and school collections."
School Library Journal
"This book covers serious subject matter in a gentle way for children. “Racism” and “intolerance” are explained with examples kids can relate to. The author discusses how prejudice could manifest at school. The most difficult pages to read are “Around the world” and “Changing lives.” Some of the examples given are buildings being bombed and war. The accompanying drawings illustrate these issues but aren’t graphic. The second half of the book is about what can be done to change things. Kids are given easy ways that they can make a difference. They are also instructed to tell an adult if they experience racism themselves. I like how the illustrations are inclusive, with different people in every picture. It’s an important subject, and I think this book does a great job of both explaining and empowering."
San Francisco Book Review, sanfranciscobookreview.com
"Children are often full of questions about the world, but sometimes the answers can be complicated or troubling. Titles in the Children in Our World series aim to help little ones grasp some of these complex issues by offering gentle explanations, which are further softened by amiable illustrations of round-faced kids. Racism and Intolerance uses general language to address a complex topic. An emphasis on empathy—"How would you feel if that happened to you?"—will likely help children grasp the importance of equal treatment. The soft artwork and accessible, age-appropriate language make this well suited to curious kids in the picture-book set."
About The Author:
Louise Spilsbury is a prolific children's book author. She has written titles on almost every subject, from science and geography through to world affairs, social issues, art, history, and literacy. Louise is married to the author Richard Spilsbury and has two children. She lives and works in Devon.
About The Illustrator:
Hanane Kai is an award-winning illustrator based in Lebanon. She expresses herself through the visuals she creates, and hopes with every illustration to touch her audience, leaving them with a certain feeling or message. In 2016, Tongue Twisters, a work she illustrated, won the prestigious Bologna Ragazzi New Horizons award, which celebrates publishing excellence of children's publishing in developing markets.
Hardcover / 32 Pages / 8 7/8 x 8 7/8 / 2018