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Happy in Our Skin

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  711 ratings  ·  125 reviews
Is there anything more splendid than a baby’s skin? For families of all stripes comes a sweet celebration of what makes us unique—and what holds us together.

Look at you!
You look so cute
in your brand-new birthday suit.

Just savor these bouquets of babies—cocoa-brown, cinnamon, peaches and cream. As they grow, their clever skin does too, enjoying hugs and tickles, protecting
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 25th 2015 by Candlewick Press
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Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Perfect book to teach kids about diversity. The illustrations are awesome... fun little details hidden on every page. It not only features kids with different skin colors, but also shows kids with glasses, and freckles, and unibrows, wheelchairs, and birth marks. I was so pleased to see all of this, I didn't notice until I was half way through that the main family has two mommies- one black and one white. I keep flipping through this to find more things I didn't notice on my first three reads! S ...more
Traci Mann
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Such a wonderful book! Fun for parents to read to their kids. You won't get sick of reading this aloud!
Feb 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: nkyclear
This title is a hardback picture book that describes all the different types of people. I would consider this book progressive and very positive with regards to diversity. It offers illustrations of many races and ethnicities all presented in a positive, appropriate manner. My only concern is that many of the skin colors are described using food words, such as “cocoa brown”, “cinnamon”, “honey” and “peaches and cream”. These descriptions have often been accused of being dehumanizing to the perso ...more
Age: Infant-Kindergarten
Family: All inclusive

Simple, rhyming text uses our skin to describe how people grow, how we share similar experiences, and celebrates our differences. I felt hesitant about the overarching generalization "we get a tan when it's sunny." But the illustrations are full of fun detail and will have kids engrossed in the children and families.
Rebecca Honeycutt
The rhyme doesn't always hang together, and it's pretty bare-bones as an informative text. BUT it's super-adorable and inclusive. Recommended for very young kiddos who are curious about human differences.
Janice Coney
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: week-5
Text-to-World Connection:

Educators will be able to use this book in multiple areas to building their students self-esteem up concerning complexion of their skin. I would like to take the time and connect it to something bigger than just the students. In hopes of getting the children to understand that they are not alone with having questions about the complexion of their skin. The book itself gives examples of the different colors of the many races. I found the author to be very intentional the
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: multicultural-jv
The poetry in the text and illustrations affirms us that all skin color is beautiful. The illustrations display an excellent example of anti-bias and anti-racist relationships showing all genders, faiths, and family make-ups.
Edward Sullivan
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A joyful celebration of uniqueness.
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Featured couple biracial mommies
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Best of 2015. Would have given this 5 stars but the rhymes are a bit awkward/forced at times. Otherwise, an absolute gem. Strong multiculturalism.
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful and inclusive. Right from the front cover every child is invited in. I love the idea of learning to love your skin and looking at the wonderful job it does to protect us, heal us and make us.
Sarah Yeon
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I would recommend this book during the first week of school or if you gain a new diverse student in the class! The students would be interested in this book because they could find characters in the book that look like them or their family structure. This could be used as a read aloud for early readers but may be too hard for independent reading unless they are good at reading. A teacher could use this book for instruction if there is a new student in the classroom, if a student is being bullied ...more
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Happy in Our Skin, by Fran Manushkin

I really enjoyed Happy in Our Skin and believe it is perfect for inclusion in a diversity text set, but not because it features one specific ethnicity, religion, sex, or ability. Instead, Happy in Our Skinis wonderful because it both celebrates diversity and explains how we are all connected. This would be the perfect opening book for a diversity text set, because its illustrations are populated with so many different perspectives of people and how th
Kenzie Wright
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Happy in Our Skin by Tobia Manushkin
Happy in Our Skin is a book full of kids of multiple diverse cultures. They aren’t focusing on one specific gender or race, there are families going to work, kids in wheelchairs, kids are sure to at least find one person they can relate to on one of the pages. This book has catchy song like lyrics that will want you to keep reading, it contains a few parts you will be forcing a rhyme. It explains how skin is different but that is what makes you, you. This boo
May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
A picture book all about skin and how important it is to our bodies, this book also celebrates the different colors of skin we all come in. The book begins with the joy of baby skin in all of its sweet colors of cocoa, cinnamon, honey and ginger. It then talks about how skin forms a protective barrier for you, forming scabs when you hurt yourself and growing along with you. The way skin reacts to sun and to cold is also talked about and then the book talks again about how your skin is unique and ...more
This book was indeed a fun and inviting book. The genre is poetry. I enjoyed reading each page and I'm sure kids will too. This book speaks highly about diversity and loving the skin you're in. Within the book we see different races represented as it evaluates the differences between the human race as well it mentions how we are all the same. The main idea encompasses the fact that we should all be proud of who we are and the skin we are in because we are all unique. This book is perfect for kid ...more
Lori Irvine
The book, Happy in our Skin, is a picture book written in rhyme that follows a biracial family through their neighborhood celebrating the differences all around us. I selected it for this text set because of its simple, yet important message that we are all beautiful. It shows the family engaging in everyday activities in their neighborhood and the happiness they feel as a family. Happy in our Skin was a “Best of Titlewave book in 2015 and has been positively reviewed by both Horn Book and The S ...more
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I’ve reached that point in my 20’s where pretty much everyone I know is having babies. I have two mom-to-be friends who love books as much as I do, and I know they will be consistently reading to their children and exposing them to a literary environment from an early age. I would love to give them children’s books as presents, but I want to go beyond the standard Dr. Seuss and Eric Carle repertoire. Do you have any recommendations for books that feature diverse characters and substant
Jennifer Strong
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, 2016
Delightful rhyming text tells the reader what a wonderful thing our skin is and what it does. We are all born with skin- it keeps our insides in! Skin grows as we grow and can heal itself when we get hurt. Everyone has different skin- some dark, some light, some in between, some are freckled, some have birthmarks, some have dimples. "Yes, we all have skin, but nobody is you. You are one of a kind and your fingerprints, too."

What a sweet and positive book! I like that the author made the focus of
Marissa Twitchell
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Happy in Our Skin is a realistic fiction book by Fran Manushkin and is all about a variety of kids who are taken care of by their families. This book highlights value for the skin the kids are born with no matter what they look like and also represents the uniqueness of diverse children. This book is related to my chosen topic, families, because it shows so many different types of families in the illustrations and allows the reader to make their own assumptions about the gender or roles of those ...more
Short rhyming story about different coloured skin, different families and a little of what your skin is good for (“It keeps the outsides out and your insides in.” Very light touch and entertaining way to introduce kids to diversity. I liked this book.

The Good
Simple drawing style with a lot of diverse families and children represented.

Recommended for
Parents who are interested in teaching their child about diversity, is part of a multi-racial family or has friends who are. The factual purp
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: identities
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Katie Bruff
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book starts off by showing babies of all different skin colors so sweet and innocent. As the kids grow, their skin grows too. Skin can get scabs, have freckles, and birthmarks along with a lot of other different features. Everyone has skin, but no one has the same skin. The message of this story is to be you in this wonderful world, and be happy in your own skin. This is great for young children to learn about diversity and how not everyone is the same on the outside, and that's okay.
Tam Bush
Oct 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: tch_lrn-544
This book celebrates diversity in such a positive way, which should be seen in a happy way. There is much representation of various ethnic/racial mothers, father, children, and other family and friends and the beauty of it all. Although subtle (or maybe not), I liked the subtleness of the child and his/her cut on their leg signifying that although everyone is different, we are all the same within - human. A good read.
Leigh Triplett
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: diversity
This book talks about how we all have skin and the similarities and differences we see between our skin. It also covers how we are all unique, even down to our fingerprints. A great book to discuss diversity with cute pictures.
Love this book! What a great book to introduce race and ethnicity to a young child.
Whole And
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
An sweet book for mutli racial families or simply for appreciating and loving our own skin and the wonderful varieties around us.
With a theme that hits you over the head with its obviousness, this is still is one that I would recommend for very young children. Good message with some really cute parts.
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Love, love, love the illustrations!!! The text is lyrical and would be great for reading out loud. Wonderful book!
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