Resources showcasing Black voices and for lessons and guides to talking about race with children
KidLit Rally 4 Black Lives: Anti-Racist Resources for Children, Families, and Educators
"The Brown Bookshelf remains committed to the ongoing work of amplifying and celebrating Black voices, of rejecting white supremacy, and empowering young readers. It continues to be “our collective mission, therefore, to promote understanding and justice through our art; to bolster every child’s visceral belief that his or her life shall always be infinitely valuable.”
"CNN partnered with "Sesame Street" for a special town hall about racism, giving both kids and parents an opportunity to explore the current moment the nation is living through and to understand how these issues affect people."
"Coming Together: Standing Up To Racism" aired Saturday morning and left no stone unturned -- discussing everything from how to fight racism when you see it and who to call when police officers are being unsafe."
"Children’s literature has a wealth of insightful, educational, and appealing books to help educate children about race and racial injustice in the United States. Including everything from picture books to novels, covering both historical and contemporary struggles, this list of children’s books can help parents better inform their children about the realities of race and racial injustice in the United States." (From the website)
"We respond to the intolerable systemic racism in our society, and the murders of George Floyd, Tony McDade, and Breonna Taylor, with the most relevant action that TeachingBooks can — access to resources that personalize and deepen everyone's connections to anti-racist books and authors. In that light, we offer the following: Jason Reynolds' 2017 post where he poignantly writes about the silencing of Black dialects and culture. We have over 4,800 materials on the 313 books that have been recognized by the Coretta Scott King Book Awards. " Nick Glass, Founder & Executive Director, TeachingBooks & Book Connections
Not My Idea: a Book About Whiteness and Intersection Allies: We Make Room for All
"Not My Idea: a Book About Whitenessby Anastasia Higgenbotham is an excellent example of effective writing for very young children on this scary topic, even though the focus is on a White child’s experience. IntersectionAllies by Chelsea Johnson, LaToya Council, and Carolyn Choi. The theory of intersectionality helps us see where change needs to be made by teaching us to notice where power lies, who benefits, and who doesn’t. Being an effective ally means turning that knowledge into action. " (both currently available to download for free from Dottir Press)
This site is updated frequently to reflect current events. "The Teaching Tolerance standards are based around four anchor standards: Identity, Diversity, Justice, and Action. The standards start with kindergarten-appropriate language and span through 12th grade. ... We teach about the beauty of knowing your identity, embracing diversity, understanding what justice looks like and how to seek it for someone you see being hurt, and how to take action. We need to start teaching even our youngest learners about racism in age-appropriate and real ways. The National Association of Educators of Young Children (NAEYC) states in an article that children start to understand race and racism as early as preschool." Jennifer Sturge
"Teaching current events can be challenging: the news cycle moves quickly, the issues can spark strong feelings, and classroom time is tight. Yet engaging with current events is an essential part of educating young people to be informed and humane participants in a democracy. Use our resources to foster thoughtful classroom conversations and build your students’ capacities for critical thinking, emotional engagement, ethical reflection, and civic agency."
"The Hate U Give is an American drama film starring Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, KJ Apa, Common, and Anthony Mackie. The story follows 16-year-old Starr Carter, who witnesses the murder of her childhood friend Khalil at the hands of the police. What follows is Starr’s reexamination of her place in her community, her racial identity, and her role as an activist. The story is a powerful message that is worth watching (or rewatching) as we all consider how to act against police brutality and racial injustice in America."