I had a massive feeling of deja vu while reading This is Your Brain on Stereotypes by Tanya Lloyd Kyi and illustrated by Drew Shannon. It was almost as though I had read this book before, despite it not being released until September. But the fact of the matter is that much of this is not entirely new information to me. Considering the fact that I have a degree in Psychology, this isn’t something I really find all that surprising. The most important thing to note, though, about this book is that the information it does provide is so essential that I personally think everyone should read it.
Though specifically targeted to middlegrade readers, This is Your Brain on Stereotypes is still important for teens and adults. I genuinely didn’t feel as though I was reading a middlegrade book and, at times, felt that the material was somewhat advanced for most grade-schoolers, it does open up a wonderful opportunity for parents to read with their children in order to develop their understanding. Stereotypes or prejudices, and subsequently racism, sexism, or homophobia, are part of an incredibly complex conversation that I think sees a lot of benefits in being learned and discussed with others.
Parents are going to want to read this book with their kids. It’s important so that they are able to discuss and develop their understanding of these very complex topics. In doing so, they can also develop their understanding as well. When it comes to books like this, there is always something for everyone to learn. I could not be more grateful that books like this exist and that they are being written for children. The more we become aware of these facts, the more we can make this world a better place.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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