Race, Equity and Social Justice Resources
The protests around the country centered on systemic racism and the civil unrest that we are experiencing has prompted many people to search for ways to expand their knowledge on race and racism, including how to talk to children about this topic. The following resource list has been created for parents and caregivers interested in expanding their own knowledge of race, supporting anti-biased classrooms, and creating an open dialogue with children about race and racism.
Resources on Talking with Children about Race and Racism:
- UNICEF: https://www.unicef.org/parenting/talking-to-your-kids-about-racism
- Center for Racial Justice in Education: https://centerracialjustice.org/resources/resources-for-talking-about-race-racism-and-racialized-violence-with-kids/
- Public Broadcasting Service (PBS): https://www.pbs.org/parents/talking-about-racism
- Child Mind Institute: https://childmind.org/article/racism-and-violence-how-to-help-kids-handle-the-news/
- Healthline: https://www.healthline.com/health-news/how-to-talk-to-kids-about-racism#How-to-talk-to-kids-about-riots-and-looting
- American Academy of Pediatrics: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/emotional-wellness/Building-Resilience/Pages/Talking-to-Children-about-Racism.aspx
- National Geographic: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/family/in-the-news/talking-about-race/
- Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-baby-scientist/202006/talking-children-about-racism
- PACT Adoption Alliance: https://www.pactadopt.org/resources/talking-with-children-about-race-and-racism.html
- National Association for the Education of Young Children: https://www.naeyc.org/resources/pubs/yc/may2018/teaching-learning-race-and-racism
- Nationwide Children’s Hospital: https://www.nationwidechildrens.org/family-resources-education/700childrens/2020/06/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-racism
- Raising Race Conscious Children: http://www.raceconscious.org/
- National Museum of African American History and Culture: https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/talking-about-race
- New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/02/parenting/kids-books-racism-protest.html
Resources to Learn More About Race, Equity, Bias and Social Justice:
- https://www.racialequitytools.org/: This site offers tools, research, tips ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding or to help those working toward justice. It includes a “Fundamentals” section that can help you understand terms that are commonly used in this work
- http://kirwaninstitute.osu.edu/implicit-bias-training/: An interactive training experience to learn more about what implicit bias is and how it may impact interactions with others
- https://implicit.harvard.edu: An interactive set of tests to learn more about what types of implicit biases you may have about various groups of people
- https://preventexpulsion.org/overview: An overview of early childhood expulsions and the “Preschool to Prison Pipeline.”
- https://embracerace.org: A multiracial community of parents, teachers, experts, and other caring adults who support each other to meet the challenges that race poses to our children, families, and communities. Articles, webinars and podcasts tackling topics of race, justice and equity.
- https://crane.osu.edu/2020/06/05/policy-round-up/: A newsletter offering recommending readings, booklists, and anti-racism resources.
Integrating Concepts of Race, Equity, Anti-bias and Social Justice within Early Childhood Teaching Practices:
- Derman-Sparks, L., Edwards, J.O., & Goins, C. (2020). Anti-bias education for young children & ourselves (2nd ed.). Washington, DC: NAEYC.
- Derman-Sparks, L., & Ramsey, P.G. (2011). What if all the kids are white? Anti-bias multicultural education with young children and families (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
- Derman-Sparks, L., LeeKeenan, D., & Nimmo, J. (2015). Leading anti-bias early childhood programs: A guide for change. New York, NY: Teachers College Press, Wahington, DC: NAEYC.
- Kissinger, K. (2017). Anti-bias education in the early childhood classroom: Hand in hand, step by step. New York, NY: Routledge.
- Mwenelupembe, A., & Friedman, S. (2020). Each & every child: Teaching preschool with an equity lens. Washington, DC: NAEYC.
- Tatum, B.D. (2008). Why are all the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria?: And other conversations about race. New York, NY: Basic Books.
Books on Race, Culture, Equity and Social Justice for Children and Adults:
- https://socialjusticebooks.org/booklists/board-books/: Books for the youngest learners.
- https://socialjusticebooks.org/booklists/early-childhood/: Booklists for early childhood educators arranged by topic area.
- https://socialjusticebooks.org/guide-for-selecting-anti-bias-childrens-books/: A guide for selecting anti-biased children’s books.
- http://www.childpeacebooks.org/cpb/Protect/antiBias.php: Picture books aligned with each chapter of NAEYC’s Anti-Bias Education for Young Children & Ourselves. Note: This website also has a searchable database of books arranged by child age and topic.
- https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/books/2020/06/02/books-to-learn-more-anti-racism-adults-kids/5306873002/: A list of must-read books about race and racism for children and adults.
- https://www.huffpost.com/entry/10-anti-racism-books-parents-explain-black-lives-matter_l_5ed593d3c5b6db4977a17841: A list of ten children’s books about race and activism.
- Oluo, I. (2018). So you want to talk about race. New York, NY: Seal Press.
- Irving, D. (2014). Waking up white: And finding myself in the story of race. Cambridge, MA: Elephant Press.
- DiAngelo, R. (2020). White fragility: Why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism. Boston, MA: Beacon Press.
- Kendi, I.X. (2017). Stamped from the beginning: The definitive history of racist ideas in America. New York, NY: Bold Type Books.
- King, R., Edwards, J., & Media, T. (2018). Mindful of race: Transforming racism from the inside out. Boulder, CO: Sounds True.