Changing the world and correcting injustice begins at home. Begins with our children.
That makes our responsibility as parents, caregivers, teachers and members of the global community, to do a better job educating and informing our children.
It’s not enough to tell them to respect the differences. We must expose them to all cultures, beliefs and social scenarios. Empathy is only possible when we learn to relate. When we understand the place of the others and can see through their eyes.
We need to lead by example, initiate the discussion and engage them always. Never avoid the difficult subjects. Literally show them how many colours this world has. Show them that we are all connected and deserving.
Is also crucial that we teach them that silence also enforces violence, disrespect and injustice. And those who have a voice should not – MUST NOT- be quiet. Silence hurts. We must fight to allow everyone to have a voice and ensure all are heard.
Books can help us doing that. And thanks to the beautiful work of brilliant authors, illustrators, publishers and civil rights organizations, there are a lot of resources out there for children all ages. And I mean it! You can start the discussion with your toddler.
So here is a couple of books (there are so many more!) and also links to other bloggers/social media children’s book lovers to help you.
And if you need further assistance, advice or just exchange ideas, please contact me. Via email, comments here, on Facebook or Instagram account. Together and with love and empathy, we can be better. We can make things better… for EVERYONE.
For 0-3 years old:
A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara – Published by Triangle Square
Counting on Community by Innosanto Nagara – Published by Triangle Square
AntiRacist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi. Illustrated by Asheley Lukashevsky – Published by
Ramadan by Hannah Eliot. Illustrated by Rashin. Published by Little Simon
Happy Sparkling Hanukkah by Elizabeth Spurr. Illustrated by Collen Madden – Published by Sterling
Bringing In the New Year by Grace Lin – Published by Knopf
It’s Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr
For ages 4-7 years old:
Same, Same but Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki- Shaw – Published by Henry Holt and Co
The Day You Begin by Jaqueline Woodson. Illustrated by Rafael Lòpez – Published by Nancy Paulsen Books
My First Kwanza by Karen Katz – Published by Henry Holt and Co.
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de La Pena. Illustrated by Christian Robinson – Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi – Published by Dragonfly Books
The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad. Collaboration: S.K.Ali. Illustrated by Hatem Aly – Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Thank You Omu by Oge Mora – Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Fried Bread, A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard. Illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal – Published by Roaring Brook Pres
Ages 8-12 years old:
One Crazy Summer by Rita William –Garcia – Published by HarperCollins Publishers
The Only Road by Alexandra Diaz – Published by Simon & Schuste
Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis – Published by Scholastic
Ages 13-17 years old:
Black Enough: Stories of Being Young and Black in America by Multiple acclaimed black authors and edited by Ibi Zoboi – Published by Balzer + Bray
The Hate you Give Us by Angie Thomas – Published by Balzer + Bray
Love, Hate, and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed – Published by Soho Press, Incorporated
Links to amazing resources by other book lovers: