A ONE-OF-A-KIND ARTS-BASED RACIAL LITERACY CURRICULUM
Different Differenter is an activity book that introduces skin color to children in a healthy way. When young children begin to observe differences in skin color, their questions on the subject demand simple yet accurate responses. Jyoti’s arts-based book takes you on a playful and creative discovery to find answers that work for you and your family—while thoughtfully introducing facts of history and 15-plus new words.
Different Differenter uses an abolitionist framework to talk about everyday colorism, childhood bullying, and media bias. Jyoti’s approach to the topics is based on lived experiences, readings of scholarly works, and a decade’s worth of nuanced, gritty conversations with individuals of various races, ages, genders, professions, and educational backgrounds.
Illustrated by Tarannum Pasricha, Different Differenter reflects the world of the child, in all its diverse exuberance. The book’s creators have worked hard to center on cultures and children of color. Her message is simple: Nourish your child to the dialogue on this important topic!
“…starting point for essential conversations and long-term exploration of skin color…for parents, children, educators…just about everyone.”
APRIL KIM TONIN
Art educator and The Maude and Rodney Starkey Deputy Director
Education, The Museum of Arts and Design, New York
“I don’t like fiction books [about skin color] because they don’t have any examples!”
“Children learn the term melanin in the book ! So fundamental to a child’s self-awareness, yet so overlooked in our culture!”
– Elementary school teacher
– The Washington Post