Talk about Racism with your Kids

Dear Families,

Some of you may be wondering how to talk with your kids about racism and what is going on in the United States right now. We have compiled a short list of resources which might help. Please let us know if you have any other great tips or links.

Listen to Kojo for Kids: Interesting and helpful interview with best-selling YA writer Jason Reynolds explaining protests and racism to kids.

PHOTO Jason Reynolds, 2020-2021 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. SHAWN MILLER / LIBRARY OF CONGRESS.

For All Ages: Racism and Me: A Workshop

A live, interactive child-led discussion with social justice educators and child advocates Danielle Brown, Joshua Jernigen, and Vivek Patel. Free with request for donation

They will break into three groups (PreK-1st, 2nd-5th grade, and preteen/teen)

Since it will happen so late in Berlin, probably only our older kids can participate.

Friday June 5th 20:00 Berlin Time (11 am Pacific)

https://schoolclosures.org/racismandme?fbclid=IwAR3s0WhqkojR5BZWx4TtuD5nY4V6uuUOV_ImwbnvWoPYgnmwsbaDjq13UOY

Anti-Defamation League Table Talk for Families about Racism and George Floyd. Discussion for For 11 and up:

https://www.adl.org/education/resources/tools-and-strategies/george-floyd-racism-and-law-enforcement

CNN and Sesame Street Will Talk to Kids About Racism in a 60-Minute Town Hall on Saturday June 6th 16:00 Berlin Time

“The show will talk to kids about racism, the recent nationwide protests, embracing diversity and being more empathetic and understanding,” reads the announcement on CNN. Big Bird will moderate the event with the help of CNN’s Van Jones and Erica Hill, and other Sesame Street characters and experts will join to answer questions submitted by families across the country. To submit your own question to potentially be answered during the special, fill out the form on CNN’s site. “Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism. A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall For Kids and Families” will air on CNN and stream live on CNN.com’s homepage.

NPR Life Kit for Parents with Sesame Workshop

Here is a really great 20-minute podcast from 2019 on How to Talk to Your Children About Race:

Books for Littles

This website provides great book recommendations to discuss racial diversity with your children.

Illustration from All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold & Suzanne Kaufman.

Embrace Race

Also, more book recommendations here:

https://www.embracerace.org/resources/26-childrens-books-to-support-conversations-on-race-racism-resistance

Feature Image: LA Johnson, NPR 2019

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