Provides excellent information for parents, and answers questions kids and parents might have about tackling racism. The Sesame Street characters help children understand the importance of treating EVERYONE around them with love and kindness and provide a thoughtful explanation about everything going on.
This book is thoughtfully written and is a really accessible way for children to understand racism from the perspective of their peers. The link below is a video of the book being read aloud.
An excellent video that can help parents better understand the importance of discussing race with their child. Provides wonderful ideas on how to integrate these conversations and discussions into everyday life.
This article discusses how we should view others the way God does, and how we are all made in HIS image (imago Dei). It provides a look at racism through the lens of Christianity and highlights how we, as believers, should be responding to racial injustices.
A beautifully written and illustrated children’s book, that teaches kids that people come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Through the eyes of the little girl in this story, this book celebrates the differences and similarities that connect all people.
A great read for young children. This book tackles a timely subject of diversity and acceptance and distills it for even the youngest readers. This book shows kids that our differences are what make us amazing.
This talk hosted by PBS features parents, educators and child development and trauma experts. It tackles and explores important questions regarding racial inequity and provides resources and tips for future conversations you can have at home with your children.
An honest conversation about how white Americans should address their privilege, and how we can open up that conversation with our kids. This article addresses potential questions children may have and provides valuable insight we can pass on to them.
This book is recommended for older kids. It invites white children and parents to become curious about racism, accept that it’s real, and cultivate justice. It provides examples of people throughout history who affected change and dismantled the structures of racism.
*Recommended for 4th and 5th graders
This book is recommended for older kids. A story in which two children-one white, one black-try to understand the killing of a black person at the hands of a white police officer. This timely story gently tackles this difficult topic and the questions that children have. It really opens up the conversation between parent and child and allows the opportunity to educate kids about how they can handle racism in their daily lives.
*Recommended for 4th and 5th graders
A book that reminds us that we all feel like outsiders sometimes, and it’s important that we be brave and go forth anyway. This story shows us that we are all different and have different backgrounds and that’s a good thing!
There are 40 stories of trailblazing black women in this book. Each section educates and inspires as it presents the true stories from each woman and the impact they made in American history. This book is excellent for giving kids a better understanding of the strides that these women made and whose actions and beliefs contributed to making the world a better place for generations to come. The link below is a video sharing a few of the stories. You can also find a physical copy of the book with all the stories in it on Amazon.
This activity is great for all ages and can be used to start valuable conversations and increase understanding about racial differences. The only thing you’ll need are M&Ms to illustrate this. It reinforces the idea that even though we all look different on the outside, on the inside we are all still the same.
This song is a fun way of talking about all the different colors we find in the people around us, and how we can love those differences!
(Pairs w/ Sesame Street “Color of Me” song, and the book “The Colors of Us”)
A wonderful activity to discuss the differences found in all of us. Using brown and white paint, children can mix the colors until they create a shade that matches their skin tone. Then, they can mix and create all the different skin tones they see around them every day. This activity presents the opportunity to talk about racial bias, how you should treat someone with a different skin color than yours, etc.
Beautifully hand-drawn illustrations with messages of tolerance and togetherness to help educate and inspire children of all ages. Available on Amazon.
A great video to help older kids understand the facts behind systemic racism. This video presents lots of history and discusses issues of racial injustice. It answers questions that kids might be having during this time.