Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to assess. All opinions are my own.
When you’re a multiracial child, sometimes you don’t know where you belong. You can’t just check off one race box, yet many people want to categorize you into only one. You may wonder why you look different than others and question who you are.
This is the scenario for many multiracial children. When they don’t see themselves reflected in the world around them – through books, film, TV, or community – it could potentially cause confusion or rejection of one or both racial backgrounds.
Books are a gateway to exposing children to ideas and can reinforce (or altar) their views of themselves. As such, seeing others who reflect their lives can help shape their identities. It’s challenging to find children’s picture book featuring multiracial children. For my own mixed race children I have had to search the deep dark corners of the internet to find something relevant.
That’s why I was interested in In this World Together, a picture book featuring a multiracial child. Written by Janina Rusiecki Williams and illustrated by Tegan R. Pratt — biracial Puerto Rican and Polish sisters – the book is their latest collaboration. It’s part of Mushmato, Ltd, a company the sisters launched that creates books, toys, and cartoons focusing on the multicultural experience, city-living, and art.
In this World Together is follows a multiracial boy growing up in the world to interracial parents. The book touches upon themes of interracial marriage, multiracial families, bullying, self-esteem, friendship, self-identity, and acceptance.
In this World Together is a great way to begin discussions in the home or classroom about diversity. When my daughter read the book, she asked many questions. For example, “Why are the other kids were mean to the boy?” and this led to a conversation about accepting differences and bullying. She also pointed out how the boy’s skin color was in between his daddy and mommy’s color because he was mixed “just like me.” My daughter enjoyed the book, and as a parent I am happy it included so many relevant experiences.
Readers can find a parent and teacher guide in the back of the book as well as discussion questions for kids.
The book trailer below provides a nice introduction for kids.
In this World Together is an important book not only for multiracial children, but also for any child who wants to gain a better awareness, understanding, and acceptance of people’s differences. To purchase this book, please visit BarnesandNoble.com, Amazon.com (e-book or paperback), Createspace.com or Quimby’s bookstore in Chicago, Illinois. For more information, please visit InThisWorldTogether.com.