2020 Resources For Talking With Kids About Race
George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Ahmed Arbaury. We hear their names and their stories -- along with a tragic list of countless other names -- in the news and on social media, and we know it’s not just adults hearing and discussing this moment in our nation’s history. Our children at every age and stage are hearing these stories, too. Some of us have been talking about race in this country with our kids since they were born; others of us aren’t sure where to begin.
Wherever you are in your conversations on race with the kids and people in your life, we hope these resources below will provide guidance and support for your next steps. Many find resources like these helpful for conversations with adults too.
→ Please take a moment to check these resources out -- and if you have go-to resources, please share the links in the comments below:
Ten Tips For Teaching and Talking To Kids About Race - https://www.momsrising.org/blog/ten-tips-for-teaching-and-talking-to-kids-about-race
PBS: Talking To Children About Race and Racism - https://www.pbs.org/parents/talking-about-racism
Embrace Race - https://www.embracerace.org/
Children’s Literature on Race and Racism - https://www.embracerace.org/resources/where-to-find-diverse-childrens-books
Publisher’s Weekly on Denene Millner Books - “This [line] is a love letter to children of color who deserve to see their beauty and humanity in the most remarkable form of entertainment on the planet: books.” https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-industry-news/article/79390-denene-millner-brings-imprint-to-s-s.html
Vox: How To Talk To Kids About Race, Explained by a Psychologist - https://www.vox.com/identities/2020/6/9/21283715/how-to-talk-kids-racism-race-protests
WSJ: How to Talk To Your Children About the Protests - https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-to-talk-to-your-children-about-the-protests-11591387738
Being Antiracist - https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/talking-about-race/topics/being-antiracist
Scaffolded list of resources for people at various points in their antiracism development - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PrAq4iBNb4nVIcTsLcNlW8zjaQXBLkWayL8EaPlh0bc/preview
More antiracism resources for white people - https://docs.google.com/document/u/1/d/1BRlF2_zhNe86SGgHa6-VlBO-QgirITwCTugSfKie5Fs/
*From the above link - Resources for white parents to raise anti-racist children:
- Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners: books for children and young adults
- 31 Children's books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance
- Parenting Forward podcast episode ‘Five Pandemic Parenting Lessons with Cindy Wang Brandt’
- Fare of the Free Child podcast
- Integrated Schools podcast episode “Raising White Kids with Jennifer Harvey”
- PBS’s Teaching Your Child About Black History Month
- Your Kids Aren't Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup from Pretty Good
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