Submitted by Jane Nickodem
Many parents and teachers are seeking guidance on how to address with their children the profoundly urgent topic of racism in America and the protests resulting from the tragic murder of George Floyd. Grown-ups are surely wondering how to begin this conversation with their children in an authentic way when many of us have observed but never personally experienced racism on a daily basis. We are sharing the following book lists for your examination in order to give you some ideas that may serve as springboards for your family’s conversation. It is my personal opinion that reading children’s books written by authors of color should be a priority.
The introduction of the Town and Country article below states that: “Studies from Harvard University suggest that children as young as three years old, when exposed to racism and prejudice, tended to embrace and accept it, even though they might not entirely understand what they were feeling”. While that information is so incredibly disheartening, I remember learning several years ago about a study showing that babies as young as 6 months old have shown a capacity for empathy. Knowing that, along with my beliefs as a Quaker, that hearts of any age can soften with love through the power of Light and grace, gives me a tremendous sense of hope.
The 30 Best Books to Educate Kids about Race and Celebrate Diversity
It’s never too early to talk to your kids about race—these books are a great place to start. Speaking about diversity might seem daunting, but it is more important than ever. Studies from Harvard University suggest that children as young as three years old, when exposed to racism and prejudice, tended to embrace and accept it, even though they might not entirely understand what they were feeling. If you’re struggling with how to open up about these challenging subjects or clarify confusing times
Read in Town & Country: The 30 Best Books to Educate Kids about Race and Celebrate Diversity — Town & Country