Today across the city, many Seattle Public School teachers and staff are wearing Black Lives Matter t-shirts and stickers, holding rallies before school, and teaching lessons on Black history and institutionalized racism in a district-wide action, #BlackLivesMatterAtSchool. Here is more information about the action.
To support these very important conversations happening throughout our city with youth of all ages, check out these great resources for talking with children and teens about race and social justice:
Talking to Kids About Racism and Justice: From the Oakland Public Library, this amazing resource includes booklists broken down by age/grade, educator and parent resources for talking to kids and teens about race, racism, violence and privilege, and videos, websites and other resources for facilitating these conversations.
Teaching and Mentoring for Racial Justice: The Social Equality Educators have created this resource to provide support for educators and parents during this action, which includes books, resources and websites that address race, racism and social justice.
What You May Not Know About Bias in Young Children: Created by the Supervising Librarian at the Montlake Branch, this handout provides a brief overview of the importance of reading diverse books, and general information about how young children learn race.
Teaching Young Children About Race: A Guide for Parents and Teachers: Put together by Teaching for Change, this is a great starting place on anti-bias curriculum for those working with (and parenting!) young children.
Coretta Scott King Award Winners: This annual award is given by the American Library Association to authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African-American culture.
And of course—don’t forgot about all those amazing booklists!
Created by Seattle Public Library Children’s Librarians:
~posted by Deborah S.