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The Skin You Live In Reading Challenge

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This Fall 2021, Beanstack is partnering with Califa and BiblioLabs for California schools and public libraries to bring you The Skin You Live In Book Challenge for PreK - 5 readers. This imaginative picture book provides parents and educators a wonderful way to explore race, inclusion, and other social and emotional concepts with young readers. 

Published by the Chicago Children’s Museum in 2005, The Skin You Live In uses striking, whimsical illustrations (David Lee Cscisko) paired with author Michael Tyler’s playful language to discuss important global issues and promote self-acceptance.

We will host the book, available for all CA libraries, on BiblioLabs’ ebook platform, BiblioBoard. #TheSkinYouLiveIn challenge will feature activities centered on the book’s overall themes, encouraging readers to earn badges for completing activities and logging their time spent reading.


Winners of the challenge will get an intimate experience with the author and illustrator of The Skin You Live In. Prizes will include signed copies of the print book, a custom, framed illustration to hang in your classroom, library, or school, a  live, interactive event with the author and illustrator for your entire school, $500  cash for a party or other celebration event, and free courseware and programs from Califa for librarians.


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  • Promotional Materials

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