Fall 2023

My Teacher Has Tattoos

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

In Xavier’s neighborhood, tattoos represent gang membership. After Xavier catches an unexpected glimpse of his new teacher’s tattoos, he learns that there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to the cultural significance of tattoos.

Based on real events that took place during author Darren Lopez’s first year teaching in Washington DC, My Teacher Has Tattoos is an impactful conversation starter that brings to life the pitfalls of stereotyping in the classroom and beyond.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Picture Books, Social Studies
Category Diverse Books: Celebrating Differences , Diverse Books: #OwnVoices, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diverse Books: Social Class, Diversity, SEL: C Social Awareness, SEL: D Relationship Skills, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2023
Publisher Soaring Kite Books
Imprint Soaring Kite Books
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2023-08-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV011030, JUV039120, JUV039220
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 8 x 10
Guided Reading Level M
Features Author/Illustrator note and Awards

Author: Darren Lopez

Darren Lopez is a proud Puerto Rican and Colombian author. Learning oral histories from his elders enabled him to fine-tune his storytelling and share his traveling adventures with his students. He lives in New York.

Illustrator: Bhagya Madanasinghe

Bhagya Madanasinghe grew up on the hilly side of Sri Lanka. As an illustrator, she plays with lighting and shadows, which helps her emphasize the mood of the drawing.


  • Americas Award Commended Title, Commended, 2024