We believe that acknowledging and celebrating our differences helps create a more just and equitable world.
Below are links to resources that are designed to help you and your family frame discussions about diversity and race.
Books for Kids
EmbraceRace.org – “Experts recommend acknowledging and naming race and racism with children as early and as often as possible. Children’s books are one of the most effective and practical tools for initiating these critical conversations.”
Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners – “Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.”
Beyond the Golden Rule (PDF) – Whether you are the parent of a 3-year-old who is curious about why a friend’s skin is brown, the parent of a 9-year-old who has been called a slur because of his religion, or the parent of a 15-year-old who snubs those outside of her social clique at school, this book is designed to help you teach your children to honor the differences in themselves and in others — and to reject prejudice and intolerance.
Shout Mouse Press – “Shout Mouse coaches writers from marginalized backgrounds to tell their own stories in their own voices and, as published authors, to act as agents of change.”
Excerpts from Rage Against the Minivan – ” I think we are swimming in a racist environment and kids pick up on it because it’s all around us. One thing I do know: antiracism has to be taught. We need to be intentional. And it needs to be an ongoing dialogue.”
Cherish 365 – Reflections on what it means to be “colorblind” when it comes to race.
How to Talk to Kids About Race – From the Atlantic: ““The worst conversation adults can have with kids about race is no conversation at all,” says author Jemar Tisby. “Talking to kids about race needs to happen early, often, and honestly.””
10 Social Justice Activities to for Students – “Teaching social justice in the classroom is crucial for preparing young people to become responsible global citizens in the 21st century…Here are 10 great activities that will get kids at different grade levels thinking about human rights and our responsibility to take care of each other.”
Ever been to Mars? No? That’s OK, no one has – except, of course, NASA’s Curiosity Rover which took pictures of the Red Planet’s rocky terrain. NASA and Google compiled the images for your viewing pleasure. Check it out!
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