Being Human, Raising Allies
There have been many honest and transparent and age-appropriate conversations in our home lately surrounding the recent murder of George Floyd and the media coverage in the wake.
We are raising our white children with the ability to harness their privilege, utilize awareness, speak truth to power and listen to those whose appearance and background might look much different than their own. We start with diversity in their books and toys, and adapt the conversations as they grow to understand more.
I am not an expert, though I have learned myself through listening to the voices of color who’ve been generous enough to share of themselves and their experiences. When the voices of oppressed people speak, we listen. When they graciously give us avenues to turn to, we follow.
I have been able to compile a list of resources we have utilized often and especially lately, that have been not only guiding lights for me, but my children by proxy.
Books for Kids on Racism and Diversity
Here is a list of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards that are given to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.
Biracial Bookworms is a trove of resources and lists of great books for parents for “raising leaders, activists and readers.”
Check out her instagram linktree HERE.
Social Justice Books is a resources that educates on how to choose anti-bias children’s books.
They brilliantly offer over 60 carefully selected lists of multicultural and social justice books for children, young adults, and educators.
Diverse Books: We Need Diverse Books.org is committed to increasing the visibility of diverse books, and offers a helpful tool in their Summer Reading Series with many of their favorites.
Scholastic offers Stories of Diversity: Picture Books, Biographies and Novels to Foster Tolerance and Respect
No Time For Flashcards is a source I’ve used since my early days of parenting. Allison’s curated lists of titles and resources and activities is endless and incredible.
Check out Picture Books that Celebrate Black Boys
and Picture books that Celebrate Diversity and Inclusion
For Parents, Teachers, Caregivers and Humans Who Want to Do Better
Montessori Tips for Reading to your child
Dear White Teacher: 13 Books to Read on Racial Literacy
The Parents Guide to Teaching Kids About Cultural Diversity and Inclusion
In the last 5 years, just 21% of the children’s books published feature a person of color (POC), and only 14% of books were written by POC, and this is data from 2014-2019!
LittleFeminist.com (a monthly diverse children’s book club subscription) did the research for us, so we can focus on raising the next generation of better humans. Use code MOMMASGONECITY for 15% off any Little Feminist subscription.
HERE is a list of Black Owned Businesses to support! Compiled by Lingua Franca NYC.
Most of us are on a mission to do better.
If you have something to add to this list, please feel free to comment with a link!
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