Yellow Kite has acquired a guide for parents on how to talk about race with their children, by Uju Asika.
Titled Bringing Up Race – How to Raise a Kind Child in a Prejudiced World, Yellow Kite bought UK and Commonwealth rights in the book in early 2019 from Rachel Mills at Rachel Mills Literary Ltd and will publish in hardback in September 2020.
Asika is a blogger who runs the blog Babes About Town and the founder of Mothers & Shakers, a digital resource for mothers.
Bringing Up Race is her first book and is designed for families "whatever their race or ethnicity" and intended "for everyone who wants to instil a sense of open-minded inclusivity in their children".
Uju said: "As parents, we can all feel awkward talking about race with our children. Yet it’s one of the most significant aspects of how a child develops a sense of self and forms connections throughout life. I hope this book inspires more kindness and more conversation within our homes and in our wider communities. I’m so pleased to become part of the Yellow Kite family. Their books focus on positivity and transformation and they have championed my message from the start."
Mills said: "Uju's passionate, intelligent and kind examination of how we can begin to talk to our children about race, and help them to grow up without prejudices in a world where they will sadly witness so many, is a truly important and groundbreaking book. I'm so thrilled it will be published by Yellow Kite."
Carolyn Thorne, editorial director at Yellow Kite, added: "All children learn about race as a result of their lived experiences, and the choices parents make influence their children’s behaviour. Uju’s book asks parents to examine their attitudes and think about how they can instil the notion of equality in their children from day one. It’s a humbling, enlightening, warm and funny read and we are really proud to be publishing it."