All the Colors We Are/Todos Los Colores de Nuestra Piel by Katie Kissinger

Updated: Jan 30

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All the Colors We Are
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This lesson is a guided reading experience designed to accompany Katie Kissinger’s picture book All the Colors We Are/Todos Los Colores de Nuestra Piel . Lesson content was written by Sara Learn as part of her work in the Social Justice in K12 Education course at Portland State University and was designed to start or deepen anti-bias conversations in families and other learning communities.


All the Colors We Are/Todos Los Colores de Nuestra Piel


All the Colors We Are: Todos los colores de nuestra piel by Katie Kissinger describes the science behind skin color: a mix of melanin, our parents and ancestors, and the sun. This science-based approach makes it easy to discuss a topic that so many people shy away from. Growing up white, race was rarely addressed in my family or in my predominantly white elementary school, and therefore I was not given the tools to identify or contradict racism within myself and others. This book provides a basis from which young children can begin to learn about issues of racism, colorism, and prejudice, as well as developing their own racial identity. It is in both English and Spanish and includes discussion questions throughout the book.

All the Colors We Are: Todos los colores de nuestra piel por Katie Kissinger describe la ciencia detrás del color de la piel: una mezcla de melanina, nuestros padres y antepasados, y el sol. Basado en la ciencia, el libro facilita conversaciones de un tema que tanta gente evita. Para mi creciendo blanca, casi nunca hablábamos de la raza en mi familia ni en mi escuela primaria que había predominantemente blanca, y por lo tanto no me dieron las herramientas para identificar o contradecir el racismo dentro de mí y de los demás. Este libro proporciona una base desde la cual los niños pequeños pueden comenzar a aprender sobre temas de racismo, colorismo y prejuicios, así como a desarrollar su propia identidad racial. Está en Inglés y Español e incluye preguntas de discusión a lo largo del libro.


This guided reading lesson is designed to be part of a larger life-long commitment to anti-racist teaching and learning for the student and the facilitator. Reading Is Resistance sees reading as an opportunity to seed deeper conversations and opportunities for action around racial equity in our communities. We hold the belief that being anti-racist is a process of learning (and unlearning) over time.

The Teaching Tolerance Social Justice Standards (focused on Identity, Diversity, Justice, and Action) serve as guides for our work.


The Teaching Tolerance Standards and Domains referenced in this lesson are for Grades K-2. This book, however, can be used with a wide range of ages.

Identity Domain #1

I know and like who I am and can talk about my family and myself and name some of my group identities.

Identidad 1

Yo sé y me gusta quien soy y puedo hablar sobre mi familia y mi propio persona y identificar algunos de mis identidades de grupos.

Diversity Domain #7

I can describe some ways that I am similar to and different from people who share my identities and those who have other identities.

Diversidad 7

Puedo describir como soy similar y diferente de los personas quien comparten mis identidades y los que tienen identidades diferentes.

Justice Domain #11

I know my friends have many identities, but they are always still just themselves.

Justicia 11

Yo sé que mis amigos tiene muchos identidades diferentes, pero siempre son solo ellos mismos.


  • What causes the color of our skin? ¿Qué causa el color de nuestra piel? IDENTITIDAD #1

  • Who are your ancestors? Did they come from somewhere hot or cold? Look on a map! ¿Quiénes son tus antepasados? ¿Vinieron de un lugar caliente o frío? ¡Busca en un mapa! IDENTITIDAD #1

  • If people look different from us, can they still be similar? What are some ways people who look different can be similar? Si las personas se ven diferentes a nosotros, ¿pueden seguir siendo similares? ¿De qué maneras las personas que se ven diferentes pueden ser similares? DIVERSIDAD #7

  • What more do we need to learn about people besides their skin color? ¿Qué más necesitamos aprender sobre las personas además de su color de piel? JUSTICIA #11

  • Is it fair to treat someone differently based on their skin color? Why not? ¿Es justo tratar a alguien de manera diferente según su color de piel? Por qué no? JUSTICIA #11


This book is just a start! Use it as a basis to begin talking about the ways in which people are treated differently based on the color of their skin. Social Justice Books has great recommendations. Social Justice Books also has a review of this book and some activity suggestions

¡Este libro es solo un comienzo! Úselo como base para comenzar a hablar sobre las formas en que las personas reciben un trato diferente según el color de su piel. Social Justice Books (sito en Inglés) tiene recomendaciones excelentes. Social Justice Books también tiene una reseña del libro y unos sugerencias para actividades.


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