The library has assembled resources for parents/caregivers that may help to explain this sensitive topic to younger members of the family.
Embrace Race has several recorded webinars and other resources for parents and caregivers.
Common Sense Media is a good resource for parents and caregivers, covering a wide range of topics. Click here for tips on talking to your children about racism and racial violence. Media such as books and movies can be useful tools for parents striving to raise anti-racist children.
Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, published an article on the impact of racism on child and adolescent health.
Sesame Street Workshop, in conjunction with CNN, will host a townhall for families on racism, the recent nationwide protests, embracing diversity and being more empathetic and understanding. Familiar characters such as Big Bird, Ernie, and Abby Cadabby will participate with CNN anchor Erica Hill.
Jennifer Harvey, professor of religion at Drake University, Iowa, wrote a recent column for CNN on raising anti-racist children. In her article, she notes that it can be difficult to start a conversation about diversity and racism with our children. What follows is a list of library resources that parents and caregivers may use to spark conversation with their children. All resources are in the library’s physical collection and many are available on Hoopla and Overdrive. Physical resources will be available for lobby pick-up beginning June 8, 2020.
Books with Diverse Characters by Diverse Authors
*Last Stop on Market Street JP DE LA PENA
*Day You Begin JP WOODSON
Beautiful Blackbird JP Bryan
*Crown: Ode to the fresh cut JP Barnes
Parker Looks Up JP CURRY
Firebird JP COPELAND
*Trombone Shorty JB ANDERSON
*Separate is Never Equal J379.2 TON
*Brown Girl Dreaming JB WOODSON
The Crossover J ALE
*Little Leaders: Black Women in Black History J920.72 HAR
*I Have a Dream J323.1 KIN
*One Crazy Summer J WIL
*Ghost J REY
*March Trilogy GN LEW
*All American Boys Y REY
Monster Y MYE
*The Hate U Give Y THO
American Born Chinese GN YAN
Picture Books: When Bad Things Happen
Can You Say Peace? JP KATZ
A Chair for My Mother JP WILLIAMS
Cry Heart, Never Break JP Ringtved
Each Kindness JP WOODSON
The Feelings Book JP PARR
*Scaredy Squirrel JP WATT
Sometimes I’m Bombaloo JP VAIL
*Electronic resource available