TOP 20 Books on Race, Racism, and Kindness _ Teaching Children and Families _ In School Curriculum and at home_ 3

In the wake of the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery.

My heart is aching that this is still our reality in 2020.

This has been happening for too long.

It pains me to tell my children that this is still the world they live in.

We cannot hide what is going on.
This is our world.
This is our children’s world.
This is our reality.
This is our children’s reality. 
Justice cannot wait.

Share + Encourage:

Families, let’s get together and start the conversation about race in our homes.

On the day of the death of George Lloyd in Minneapolis, MN.  I received numerous text messages in my community moms group chat.

Like the rest of the world, our hearts were heavy, and our emotions were at an all time high.

My friend, Jenna, mom of two adorable toddler boys, had this great idea. She texted the neighborhood moms this:

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“I struggle with knowing how to help and what action to take. But I know I should do something. 

Since my world right now is my children, what a better place to look than to how I can be better in raising them to understand, appreciate, and value differences, most specifically in skin color, culture, and customs.

I have a good list going of children’s books that speak to these things. If you’d be interested in buying one off the list, reading it, and then swapping amongst the group, would you let me know?

This way we can read them all, see which ones you’d like to have in your home, and in the end, support those authors by buying copies for our own homes.”

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What an amazing idea for us parents to be introducing our children about race and racism through books together, as a community.

20 TOP Children’s Books About Race & Racism

Here is the list of books that our neighborhood families will be reading.*

1. Sulwe

2. I Believe I Can

3. It’s Okay to Be Different

4. Anti-Racist Baby

5. The Day You Begin

6. A is for Activist

7. Same, Same. But Different

8. Hair Love

9. Think Big, Little One

10. We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga

11. We Are Water Protectors

12. We March

13. Don’t Touch My Hair!

14. Last Stop on Market Street

15. Mae Among the Stars

16. Kindness Make Us Strong

17. Dreamers

18. Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

19. Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History

20. Harlem’s Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills

*The majority of this list was originally recommended by @theconscoiuskid. If you have not done so, please follow their account on Instagram. They provide such great resources for families and teachers!

WHY Start the Conversation of Race and Racism with Our Children?

At what age is it appropriate?
Aren’t our children too young?

No, kids are never too young to learn about race and racism. 

In fact, silence about race can reinforce racism by letting children draw their own conclusions.
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As parents, it is our job to guide our children. We are to guide them to be kind, respectful, and accepting of everyone.

We need to stand together in solidarity. 

Once our children sees the world through these lenses, then they will recognize that the deaths of Floyd, Taylor, and Arbery are all violations of human rights and should not be and never be normalized. 

HOW Do We Start These Conversations with Our Children?

Exposure and Discuss (Often!)

TOP 20 Books on Race, Racism, and Kindness | Teaching Children and Families | In School Curriculum and at home|

Parents, I know the feeling of wanting to hide “the bad” from our kids.

It is a natural feeling to always want to protect our kids from the harsh reality of the world. Unfortunately,

this is very harmful 
for the future of our society and generations to come. 

This is us indirectly teaching our kids to stay silent and ignore racial injustice behavior. 

The best way to start these conversations is implementing them in your family’s everyday routine, such as daily reading time or spending time at the park.

Is reading part of your child’s daily routine?

In our home, we read to our 3 year old, Tenley, before bedtime. This has been great way for us to introduce her to new books that speak about the topic of race and racism. 

NOTE: Parents, be prepared for your child to be curious and ask questions. Try to avoid saying, “You should not say that about people!” or “That is not nice to say or point out!” 

Instead, teach your children to have a compassionate viewpoint. When they say something that is surprising to you, ask them why they think that.

I highly encourage you to read some of these books to your child and start the conversation of race and racism.

Which book(s) do you think you would like to reach to your children?

Example: Family Park Time

I want to share something that has worked for us. If you are at the park, encourage your kids to play with everyone. Not just their siblings or friends that they know.

At a playdate? Encourage them to invite new friends at the park to their playdate. 

People of color or not. All are our friends. Period.

Kids should naturally recognize that.

There should be no reason for kids to not include anyone.

Inclusivity is key in the definition of a true community.

My hope. . .

I hope that as parents, we have the common goal to teach our children to be the beacon of light that our current world needs.

I strive to help my children see the beauty of color and all cultures. 

I strive to remind them to take the time to understand and listen. 

And to stand by their neighbors in solidarity for what is just and equal. 

I want to remind my children and all children that their voice is powerful.

I encourage them to speak up when they are a witness of unjust acts and behavior.

I truly believe that we can break all the hate through love.

Your Hope. . .

What is your hope for your children and the future?

I would love to know.

Feel free to comment below. 

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