This is Your Brain on Stereotypes: How Science is Tackling Unconscious Bias by Tanya Lloyd Kyi, illustrated by Drew Shannon. Kids Can Press, 2020. 9781525300165
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
What did you like about the book? The clear, direct, non-preachy writing makes learning about something that we all think we already understand a real pleasure. This book outlines the science behind how we unconsciously sort people into categories and how we can “rewire” our brains to remove our inherent biases. From discerning bias, discrimination, prejudice and stereotype, to hearing about impression management and contact hypothesis, everyone has something to learn here. The author definitely thinks society can do better, and outlines ways to make a difference. Well researched and documented, the book includes substantial back matter. The digital art adds humor and breaks up the pages of text. I can’t forget the illustration on the title page, of a girl and boy, seen from behind. Presumably secretly, the girl is handing the boy a doll, and the boy is handing the girl a truck. Love it!
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? For anyone interested in current thinking on social psychology, especially activists who want to change stereotypes in their school or social milieu.
Who should buy this book? Elementary and middle school and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? 303.38
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? It’s worth a browse
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: November 22, 2020