Session plan for interest level: K, 1, 2, 3


With the ease and simplicity of a nursery rhyme, this lively story delivers an important message of social acceptance to young readers. Themes associated with child development and social harmony, such as friendship, acceptance, self-esteem, and diversity are promoted in simple and straightforward prose. Vivid illustrations of children’s activities for all cultures, such as swimming in the ocean, hugging, catching butterflies, and eating birthday cake are also provided. This delightful picture book offers a wonderful venue through which tutors can discuss important social concepts with their children.


Children will discuss the many different skin colors in our world and that no skin color is better than any other. Students will draw a picture and write about themselves and identify rhyming words in the story.

Happy Children

Book Information

The Skin You Live In
By Michael Tyler
Chicago Children’s Museum, ©2013

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