This Is Your Brain on Stereotypes: How Science Is Tackling Unconscious Bias

Author: Tanya Lloyd Kyi 

Illustrator: Drew Shannon 

Publisher: Kids Can Press

Release Date: September 1/20

Page Length: 88 pages

Reviewer: Laurie

Thank you to Edelweiss+ and the publisher for a digital ARC of this book.

With everything that is going around in the world today, this is a book that not only middle grade and young adults need to read, but adults as well. Many may find a surprise when they discover that the award-winning author of this book is Canadian Tanya Llyod Sky, who is not new to writing nonfiction.

This is Your brain on Stereotypes: How Science is Tackling Unconscious Bias,  start to finish is only 88 pages long (that’s including the table of contents, index and detailed sources for each chapter), but it packs a powerful punch of well-researched information. The fact that examples were not just American based but from around the world allows readers to understand that there are specific examples of how many countries around the world have to deal with this problem. 

Readers will learn various forms of discrimination tackling tough topics such as racism, sexism, homophobia and an often neglected area, ableism. Ms. Lloyd provides detailed information written so middle-grade readers will understand different terms related to stereotypes such as intergroup bias, dissociation and affective contagion.

Throughout the book, there are historical and current examples that demonstrate how our brain has hidden biases against many minority groups (LGBTQ+, women, and BIPOC are some examples mentioned). Concrete ways to acknowledge privilege and to expand our circles with people of all ages, gender and race to help rewire our brains are in the final chapter and conclusion.

The use of illustrations rather than photos for this book portrays the information as neutral without bias and break up the text, so readers are not overwhelmed. Text features include the usual table of contents, index and sidebars, and the back matter provides readers with a detailed list of sources and further reading material.

A book that is long overdue and needs to be in schools, libraries and homes.

OTHER TITLES BY THIS AUTHOR: Me and Banksy, Mya’s Strategy to Save the World  and DNA Detective 

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Gr. 5+

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