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They are not too Little for Big Conversations: Talking to our Children about Race and Racism

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Ils ne sont pas trop petits pour de grandes conversations : parler à nos enfants de la race et du racisme

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Resources | Ressources

Articles

Pragmatic Mom, "Are Slant Eyes Racist? Portraying Asians in Children’s Books" (4 January 2021). 

Sachi Feris, Raising Race Conscious Children, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What (Colors) Do You See?" (2016).

Research | Recherche

Erin N. Winkler, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, "Children Are Not Colorblind: How Young Children Learn Race" PACE Vol. 3-No. 3 (2009).

Books | Livres

Mante's Black Literature Library

Bibliothèque de la littérature noire

Les libraries, Livres jeunesse pour sensibiliser les jeunes au racisme
 

Grades 1 to 3 | 1e à 3e

 

Tiffany Jewell, This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons to Wake Up, Take Action, And Do the Work (2020). There is also an educator guide

 

Chelsea Johnson, LaToya Council, and Carolyn Choi, IntersectionAllies: We Make Room For All (2019). There is also a teaching guide that includes 56 pages of discussion prompts, worksheets, and activities for grades K-5. 

 

Ibram X. Kendi, Antiracist Baby Picture Book (2020).

 

Megan Madison and Jessica Ralli, Our Skin: A First Conversation About Race (2021).

 

Yamile Saied Méndez, Where Are You From? (2019). 

 

Sesame Street #ComingTogether series

 

Bret Turner, Learning for Justice, “Teaching First-Graders About Microaggressions: The Small Moments Add Up” 26 March 2019.

 

Grades 4 to 6 | 4e à 6e

 

Jerry Craft, New Kid (2019). This book addresses microaggressions, code switching and other issues (grades 3-7). There is also a teaching guide.

 

Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer, I Am Not a Number (2016).

 

Chelsea Johnson, LaToya Council, and Carolyn Choi, IntersectionAllies: We Make Room For All (2019). There is also a teaching guide that includes 56 pages of discussion prompts, worksheets, and activities for grades K-5. 

 

Margaret-Olemaun Pokiak-Fenton and Christy Jordan-Fenton, Fatty Legs (10th anniversary edition) (2020).

 

Righting Canada's Wrongs is a series of books about racism and discrimination in Canadian history (grades 4-6) and includes a resource guide with lesson plans. 

 

Jewell Parker Rhodes, Black Brother, Black Brother (2020). Ages 8 and over

 

Grades 7 to 8 | 7e à 8e

Chimamanda Adichie, TED Talk, “The Danger of a Single Story” (July 2009). There is a shorter version of her talk on YouTube. 

Jerry Craft, Le nouveau (2021). 

 

Jerry Craft, New Kid (2019). Includes a teaching guide. This book addresses microaggressions, code switching and other issues (grades 3-7).

 

Cultivating Growth and Solidarity: An Anti-Racism Zine for Asian Youth (and Adults Too!) (2020). Please review the Facilitation Guide for Adults.

 

Jewell Parker Rhodes, Black Brother, Black Brother (2020). Ages 8 and over

 

Grades 9 to 12 | 9 à 12

 

Samira Ahmed, Internment (2020). 

 

Chimamanda Adichie, TED Talk, “The Danger of a Single Story” (July 2009). There is a shorter version of her talk on YouTube. 

 

David Chariandy, Brother (2018).

 

Trevor Noah, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (2019). The publisher also provides a Teacher’s Guide. A young adult version is also available. 

 

David A. Robertson, Black Water: Family, Legacy, and Blood Memory (2020). 


Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption (2015). A young adult version is also available.