A Great Place to Start:
- Understanding Equity and Inequity from Equity Literacy Institute.
- Arlington Public Schools Office of Equity and Excellence
- National Museum of African American History & Culture – Talking about Race
- NPR: Talking Race with Young Children A video for families on how to handle conversations about race, racism, diversity and inclusion, even with very young children.
- Pretty Good Design: Are your kids too young to talk about race? Nope.
Books for Kids:
- Today’s Parent: 27 books to help you talk to your kids about racism
- A Kids Book About Racism – Jelani Memory
- Let the Children March – Monica Clark-Robinson
- We’re Different, We’re the Same (Sesame Street)
- Let’s Talk About Race – Julius Lester
- “The Colors of Us” by Karen Katz
- “Let’s Talk About Race” by Julius Lester
- “The Skin I’m In: A First Look at Racism” by Pat Thomas
- Sesame Street’s “We’re Different, We’re the Same” by Bobbi Jane Kates
- “Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story about Racial Injustice” by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard
- “I Am Enough” by Grace Byers
- “Happy in Our Skin” by Fran Manushkin and Lauren Tobia
- “Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement” by Carole Boston Weatherford and Ekua Holmes
- “Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America” by Jennifer Harvey
- “Daddy Why Am I Brown?: A healthy conversation about skin color and family” by Bedford F. Palmer
- “A Terrible Thing Happened” by Margaret Holmes
- “Antiracist Baby” by Ibram X. Kendi
Videos for Kids:
- YouTube – Animation Series: Something Happened In Our Town – Read Aloud
- YouTube – Systemic Racism Explained
- YouTube – A Kids Book About Racism by Jelani Memory – Read Aloud
- YouTube – The Tutu Teacher – Let’s Talk About Race – Read Aloud
- Kids, Race and Unity: A Nick News Special Hosted by Alicia Keys
- Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism – Sesame Street and CNN What it’s about: Elmo, Elmo’s dad Louie, Big Bird, Abby Cadabby and more of your favorite “Sesame Street” friends answer kids’ questions about racism, protests and the world around us. Joining them are Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, former Philadelphia Police Chief Charles Ramsey, and other experts. The 60-minute special is a team effort from “Sesame Street” and CNN and hosted by CNN commentator Van Jones and anchor and national correspondent Erica Hill.How to watch: Find it on CNN.
- PBS KIDS Talk About: Race and Racism What it’s about: This half-hour TV special will feature PBS favorites like Daniel Tiger, Arthur and Xavier Riddle. According to a press release, the show will have “kids and their parents talking about race and racial justice-related topics in an age-appropriate way, such as noticing differences in race, understanding what racism can look like, and embracing the role we all have to play in standing up for ourselves and each other.”The special debuts Oct. 9 as part of PBS Kids Family Night on the PBS Kids 24/7 channel and will be available on all PBS Kids platforms.
- Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices’ What it’s about: Netflix is launching a new series hosted by 15-year-old activist Marley Dias, founder of 1000 Black Girl Books. The episodes feature Black celebrities like Tiffany Haddish, Lupita Nyong’o, Marsai Martin, and Common reading children’s books from Black authors. As the celebrities read, they talk about the message of the book and share their connection with it. How to watch: Find it on Netflix starting Sept. 1.
- ARTHUR on Racism: Talk, Listen, and Act‘What it’s about: In this video short, Arthur and Buster saw a clip online of someone getting hurt “just because they were Black.” So they seek advice from their lunch lady, Mrs. MacGrady, on ways they can help fight racism. She tells them to talk about racism with their friends, parents and teachers, to listen to those who have experienced racism and speak up when someone is being treated unfairly. How to watch: Find it on PBS.
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