Morristown-Beard School 6th Grader Tori Holdsworth ’25 and her mother, Janet M. Holdsworth, Ph.D., recently co-authored a picture book for children, Please Pass the Skin Color, to share important messages about respecting and celebrating one another’s differences.
In the book, which was published by Archway Press, a diverse group of animal friends gains a better understanding of racial and cultural differences and identities through a respectful discussion. The characters model positive conflict management, moral courage and understanding as the story plays out.
“Please Pass the Skin Color shows kids that we are all of different colors and backgrounds, but that no one color or background is most important,” said Dr. Holdsworth. “It also offers children a better understanding of how words matter and can impact others, serves as a positive example of how we can all respectfully express and settle differences in views, and provides parents and teachers a way to begin discussions related to the recognition, inclusion and celebration of differences.”
Born in Guatemala, Tori Holdsworth ’25 lives with her forever family in New Jersey and enjoys dance, horseback riding, art, and playing sports. She loves animals, enjoys dancing in a community service troupe, and volunteers with a hippotherapy program.
Janet M. Holdsworth, Ph.D. is an adjunct professor and lacrosse coach. She has a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science from Wittenberg University, a Master of Public Administration from the University of South Carolina/University of Charleston, and a doctorate in education policy and administration from the University of Minnesota.
The book is available for purchase at: https://www.amazon.com/Please-Color-Victoria-Lopez-Holdsworth/dp/1480865079