[ Chicago: Benefic Press, 1966 ]. First edition. The Experiential Development Program series of teaching books for desegregated elementary schools all featured children of multiple races, plus families of color, interacting positively with one another. The series was broken up into smaller units of books: this unit included You and Your Family and You and Others (both 1966). Another unit included bilingual books in Spanish and English like Animals We Know/Animales que conocemos (1968). With seventeen lively color plates by Jean Morey, one on the rear pastedown, showing Black, white, and East Asian children playing and cooperating in classroom settings. Boards just slightly bent. Binding is bright and attractive despite some light wear to cloth and extremities. Former ownership stamp of Portland Public Schools (Oregon) at tail edge of front cover. Some faint foxing to a couple pages and some wear to lower pastedown. A very good, bright copy of this work about racial integration in classrooms, published just eight years after the Brown v. Board of Education ruling and two years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act. Original color-illustrated pink cloth boards, lettered in green and black, spiral bound as issued. Oblong folio, 22 in. by 14 in. [.  pp., plus printed endpapers. Item #16845
The present work published at a time when de facto segregation was still rampant in the Chicago Public School system and all over the country. Notably, faculty in Chicago were not desegregated until 1977 despite the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964.
Muriel Stanek (1915 – 1900) was the Chicago Board of Education’s first diversity director, the head of Chicago’s largest Black elementary school, and an author of numerous groundbreaking children’s books. Her books include My Little Foster Sister (1982), We Came from Vietnam (1985), and I Speak English for My Mom (1989), along with several series of educational works like the present item. OCLC records five copies: one each at Harvard, the University of Colorado, Pensacola Christian College, the University of Pennsylvania, and Texas Tech. “Timeline of Chicago Desegregation Efforts” (April 1978).