What Are You?
Christian Trimmer (Author) Mike Curato (Illustrator)
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From Christian Trimmer and award-winning illustrator Mike Curato comes What Are You?, a brilliant, new early-reader picture book brimming with warmth and playfulness that explores questions of race and identity.When a puggle meets two new poodle friends, there is a question the poodles feel they must ask. What are you?
What am I?
Yes, what are you?
I am a dog.
No, what are you? So begins a conversation about family and identity, and about the things we're good at... and why we're good at them. Brimming with warmth and playfulness, What Are You? is an exemplary picture book for early readers. Equally funny and thoughtful, the book includes prompts to facilitate important first conversations about stereotypes and bias between child and adult.
Roaring Brook Press
October 18, 2022
9.35 X 11.26 X 0.47 inches | 1.1 pounds
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About the Author
Christian Trimmer is a children's book writer and editor. He is the author of Simon's New Bed, Teddy's Favorite Toy, Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature Ponies, and Wombat, the Reluctant Hero. He lives with his husband in Hillsdale, New York.Mike Curato is the award-winning author and illustrator of the Little Elliot series and Where is Bina Bear?, and has also illustrated a number of other books for children. Mike lives in Northampton, MA with his Jack Russell beagle mix pup, Leia.
Curato's cartoonish dogs in soft colors give an inviting look to this story about a conversation that will be all too familiar to many kids, and the final pages, showing a trio of children having a similar conversation, drive that point home. A discussion guide closes out the book, providing caregivers with some advice for facilitating conversations about interracial identities and stereotypes with young children. - Booklist