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Global and Cultural Perspectives Resources

During a recent radio show titled, “Kojo For Kids,” Author and National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature, Jason Reynolds, talked about “Racism and The Protests”. He conducted a question and answer session with young kids and adults. One 9-year-old girl asked him this question, “How can kids help bring change in this country so that we are all treated fairly and it doesn’t matter what color your skin is?” He responded by suggesting to her that she ask herself everyday even into adulthood, “What am I going to do today to make sure that today we are living in a world that feels more equitable, more peaceful and more fair?” 

Right now, many of our students are asking this same question and many households within our school district and throughout our nation are asking the question and wondering how we can take action against racism and make changes that promote equity, peace and fairness. We, too, are asking this question and are committed to doing more.

You may be wondering how you should talk with your children or family about racism, injustice and about the protesting and various expressions that we are seeing and hearing about in the news, on the tv and on various social media platforms. With the help of our district’s Global and Cultural Perspectives Committee we have compiled some resources that we thought you might find helpful.
Resources For Talking To Kids & Starting the Conversation

 A Few Diverse Children’s Book Titles 

  • A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara
  • Something Happened In Our Town by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard
  • Intersection Allies We Make Room For All By Chelsea Johnson, Latoya Council and Carolyn Chai
  • Say Something by Peter Reynolds
  • The Proudest Blue A Story of Hijab and Family by Ibtihaj Muhammad with S.K Ali
  • Maddi’s Fridge by Lois Brandt
  • Little Leaders Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison
  • Shining Star The Anna May Wong Story by Paula Yoo Lin Wang
  • Chocolate Milk Por Favor! Celebrating Diversity with Empathy by Maria Dismandy
  • Happy in our Skin by Fran Manushkin
  • The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson