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Talking about Race

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has recently added racism to the list of critical child health issues that require immediate attention and action.  Having worked with children in public libraries for almost 20 years, I could not agree more.  With the increased access to technology, especially smartphones and social media, today's youth have even more ways to be exposed to racism.  It's easy to be a target for racist attacks . . . and it's easy to target others.  That's why it is so important to talk about race and racism with your children!  It won't be easy.   But it will be worth it.  Here are some resources you can access to help you prepare for this discussion.

Brightly article: Why It's Important to Talk to Your Child about Racism and Hate by Varsha Bajaj
Parents Latina article: How to Talk to Your Kids about Race by Elsa Marie Collins
School Library Journal article: AAP Names Racism As Critical Child Health Issue, Asks Pediatricians To Step Up. What Can Educators Do? by Kara Yorio
ParentToolkit website
NPR segment

All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold
Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship by Irene Latham & Charles Waters
The Colors of Us by Karen Katz
The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson
Happy in Our Skin by Fran Manushkin
Intersection Allies: We Make Room for All by Cheelsea Johnson, La Toya Council & Carolyn Choi
Let's Talk About Race by Julius Lester
Not My Idea: A Book about Whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham
Same, Same but Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
Say Something! by Peter H. Reynolds
Skin Again by Bell Hooks
The Skin I'm In: A First Look at Racism by Pat Thomas
The Skin You Live In by Michael Tyler
That Is My Dream by Langston Hughes & Daniel Miyares
Why Am I Me? by Paige Britt

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