Skin Again [Amazon | Book Depository]
Written by bell hooks Illustrated by Chris Raschka
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers (2004)
ISBN: 078680825X (ISBN13: 9780786808250). Borrowed from Overdrive. Book photos taken by me.
Bell Hooks is known for her Black feminist writing and works on intersectionality, but (to a certain degree) lesser known for her picturebooks for children done in collaboration with Chris Raschka. Published in 2004, this picturebook retains its power and distinct voice, made even more vibrant with Rashcka’s trademark art.
The book invites the reader to go beyond a surface level understanding of another person based on appearances. It is an invitation to greater intimacy, the sharing of confidences, and the hopeful wish that the reader will make an effort to:
Be with me inside the
me of me,
all made up
of stories present, past, future
There is a rhythm, a bop to the narrative – complemented by the playful splash of colours. There is delight yet also a degree of gravity in the ‘realness’ of who one is with “real history, real dreams” and the many complex things that make up a human being.
#ReadIntl2020 Update: bell hooks (POC)