Hi!! I'm Epi Dermis, but my friends just call me Skin!
Raise your hands if you sweat, tan, itch, have hair, or have freckles!
I've been feeling pretty sensitive lately because everybody has something to say about me. But people don't always tell the truth.
My color doesn't make me fast, strong, smart, or scary. I just want to shout, "It's just skin, silly!"
"[A]n irresistibly brilliant, pitch-perfect page-turner that should be a must-read in every Pre-K and Elementary School in our country." — Henry Louis Gates Jr
An illustrated children's book on the evolution of skin color, based on a collective 40+ years of peer-reviewed research from expert anthropologist Dr. Nina Jablonski and historian Dr. Holly Y. McGee, with a special foreword from celebrated literary critic and historian Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Meet Epi Dermis, your kid's quirky, clever guide to the origin of skin color! Using simple science and interactive activities, Epi takes readers on an adventure through human history to find out why skin is the hardest working organ in the body business. Whether it’s how migration and climate changed our skin's need for melanin, to why sweat is your body’s secret superpower, Epi’s got all the facts—and uses them to challenge false narratives about race and give kids the information they need to do the same.
"[A]n irresistibly brilliant, pitch-perfect page-turner that should be a must-read in every Pre-K and Elementary School in our country." — Henry Louis Gates Jr., from the foreword
"[A] friendly and accessible introduction to the evolution of skin color. Anthropologist Nina Jablonski and historian Holly McGee draw upon their more than 40 years of combined research experience to show readers what skin is, what it does, and how humans developed all sorts of different skin tones. [...] South African Illustrator Karen Vermeulen does an admirable job rendering 'Skin' as an approachable and jaunty little book character.” — World Kid Lit
"It’s Just Skin, Silly! introduces children to the biological wonder of skin and skin color without glossing over the reality of racism. With the help of a sweet and silly hero named Epi Dermis, the book carefully and thoroughly answers just about any question a small child might have about skin. The perfect read for the child who won’t (and shouldn’t) stop asking, 'why?'." — Tyler Feder, Bodies Are Cool
"A sometimes humorous, sometimes serious book to help combat racism for tots, teens, and in-betweens... Full of fun and important facts about the organ that’s got us covered, and how it came to be the way it is!" — Kathy Stinson, The Bare Naked Book
"Charming and informative, this book demystifies the science of the skin we are in. A joy to read!" — Dominic Walliman, Professor Astro Cat creator
"Why are we different colours? Grownups are often stumped when kids ask such questions and this book provides the answers in a fun and engaging way. With sweet illustrations and a healthy dose of humour, It’s Just Skin, Silly! can spark important discussions around identity, biology and, most of all, our shared humanity." —Uju Asika, author of Bringing Up Race and A World for Me and You
“Drs. Jablonski and McGee write a wonderful book that combines the power of biology along with justice-oriented conversations for children. This book is informative and entertaining while also providing a space for children to have important conversations around race.” —Dr. Lynnette Mawhinney, Professor of Urban Education, author of Lulu the One and Only
"A very meaningful book... The playful narrative is engaging and thought-provoking; the 'silliness' highlights the dark absurdity that this organ that we all have, are covered by and live with, has played such a major role, often negatively, in human relationships and history. A much-needed, remarkable, and hopeful book!" — Sandhya Prabhat, illustrator, I Am Brown
“It’s Just Skin Silly! should absolutely be in every single pre-school and elementary classroom! I adore the playful, diverse illustrations while tackling the serious issue of racism. Easy to read yet thoughtfully written. Readers young and old will walk away more knowledgeable on the “Real” truths about skin!” – LaTashia Perry, creator of Skin Like Mine and Hair Like Mine