Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 2 to 5
- Grade: p to 12
- Reading age: 2 to 5
Cocoa, tan, rose, and almond—people come in lots of shades, even in the same family.
A perfect resource for starting conversations about race with young children, Shades of People celebrates the diversity of everyday life. This beautiful picture book and its board book edition, All Kinds of People, pair simple text and vibrant photographs to explore one of our most notable physical traits.
At school, at the beach, and in the city, diverse groups of children invite young readers both to take notice and to look beyond the obvious. Combining lively action shots and candid portraits, Shelley Rotner's photographs showcase a wide variety of kids and families—many shades, and many bright smiles.
For even younger readers, this title has also been adapted as a board book, All Kinds of People.
An ALA Notable Book.
About the authors
Shelley Rotner is a noted freelance photojournalist, whose work has appeared in Time magazine, National Geographic's World Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, Outside Magazine, Food and Wine, and numerous others. She is also the author and photo-illustrator of over 30 award-winning children's books. Her most recent books include Many Ways, Every Season, and Feeling Thankful.
Shelley has also traveled extensively for UNICEF documenting programs about children, women, and education. Currently, Ms. Rotner is working on a collection of large, hand-painted photographs that capture beautiful and sacred places she has discovered in her travels.
Shelley Rotner received her undergraduate degree in photography and psychology from Syracuse University and a dual Master's degree in elementary education and museum education from Bank Street College.
Sheila M. Kelly is a published author of children's books. Some of the published credits of Sheila M. Kelly include De Muchas Maneras / Many Ways: Como Las Familias Practican Sus Creencias Y Religiones / How Families Practice Their Beliefs And Religions, Lots of Grandparents (Single Titles (Paperback)), The A.D.D. Book for Kids, and Feeling Thankful. A native of Saskatchewan, Canada, she now lives in Austin, Texas.
"The message is clear and to the point . . . A good introduction to racial and ethnic diversity."—School Library Journal
"A heartwarming effort that teachers and families can embrace."—Kirkus Reviews
"Beautiful. . . . This will enrich and spark discussions of diversity."—Booklist
"This is a feel-good book for everyone."—Book Links