Resources to help kids learn and talk about injustice, race, white supremacy, and liberation (last updated 6/5/2020)

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Kids are never too young to learn and talk about cultural differences and injustice and find big and small ways to take action to create a better world for all. Let’s make this happen with them and for them. (This is a living document that will continue to be updated.)

TOWNHALL

Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism – a Townhall for Kids & Families hosted by CNN and Sesame Street (Saturday June 6 @ 10 am EST)

PODCAST

Kojo For Kids: Jason Reynolds Talks About Racism And The Protests [24m 16s] (includes author Jason Reynolds accepting questions from kids and providing responses)

Videos

“Let’s Talk About Race” by The Tutu Teacher (aimed at kindergartners) [13m 01s]

“Kids Meet Former Black Panthers” by HiHo Kids [6m 09s]

“Something Happened in our Town: Talking with Young Kids about Police Brutality” read by 8th grader Noah Carr [7m 58s]

“Huey P. Newton Biography” (cartoon) by Educational Videos for Students [3m 12s]

Movies

Ruby Bridges [1hr 30m] (available to stream on Disney+ or to purchase on digital or DVD from retailers]

Books/LITERATURE RESOURCES

*For books with reading levels included, the interest level range may extend below and above. Some books and graphic novels may be available to access physically or digitally from your local library.

Free eBooks

Through June 19, Dottir Press is offering free downloadable PDFs of [their] books, to support families as they unlearn white supremacy. These books include:

  • Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness (Ordinary Terrible Things) by Anastasia Higginbotham
  • IntersectionAllies: We Make Room For All by Chelsea Johnson, Latoya Council, and Carolyn Choi. Forward by Kimberlé Crenshaw. Illustrated by Ashley Seil Smith
  • The Nightlife of Jacuzzi Gaskett by Brontez Purnell, illustrated by Elise R. Peterson
  • Death Is Stupid by Anastasia Higginbotham

For library checkout or available from bookstores/retailers

Young Cornrows Callin Out the Moon by Ruth Forman, illustrated by Cbabi Bayoc [reading level grade 2]

Black All Around by Patricia Hubbell, illustrated by Don Tate [reading level grades 1-2]

Juneteenth Jamboree by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Yvonne Buchanan [reading level grade 3]

Paul Robeson by Eloise Greenfield, illustrated by George Ford [reading level grades 4-5]

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

Kindred (a graphic novel adaptation) by Octavia E. Butler, illustrated by John Jennings, adapted by Damian Duffy

Miles Morales: Spiderman (graphic novel) by Jason Reynolds

I Am Alfonso Jones (graphic novel) by Tony Medina, illustrated by Stacey Robinson & John Jennings [reading level grades 6-12]

Say it Plain: A Century of Great African American Speeches

Raising Luminaries/Books for Littles

Subverting Systemic Racism in Kidlit Publishing with Activist Author Zetta Elliott [Zeta Elliott’s book recommendations for ages 4-12 at the end of the article]

Curricula/LessonS/LESSON pLANS/Toolkits

The 1619 Project Curriculum

The National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Talking About Race Web Portal:

Black Lives Matter 2020 Curriculum Resource Guide

“Death of George Floyd sets off massive protests” by PBS NewsHour Extra [Grade level 6-12]

Lesson plan: What is the role of civil disobedience today? by PBS NewsHour Extra [Grade level 6-12]

Teaching Tolerance (they have a variety of classroom resources for topics including activism, race, racism, rights, digital literacy, gender and sexual identity, immigration, history, bullying, bias, and more)

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