Resources for working with Children

For Parents of Younger Students

Embrace Race

Founded by parents, Embrace Race Is an excellent resource for resources, tools and ideas for how to talk with kids about race. From their webinars to online discussion spaces, to parent and teacher resources this is a go-to organization to learn hands-on strategies for talking about race. Sign up for their newsletter or check out their YouTube videos.

The Conscious Kid
An education, research and policy organization dedicated to reducing bias and promoting positive identity development in youth working to promote access to children’s books centering underrepresented and oppressed groups. Has age-leveled recommendations for books.

Anti-Racist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi Sign up to borrow from the library or preorder a copy of Anti-Racist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi with nine steps for building a more equitable world. (Releasing mid-June 2020).

Cover used with permission from Penguin Young Readers

For Older Students and Adults

Read or listen to How To Be An Antiracist written by Ibram X. Kendi or White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo or listen to some YouYube videos of them speaking. There are often book groups reading these titles and starting your own can be a great way to discuss these resources in greater depth.

Cover used with special permission of Beacon Press,  Further reproduction prohibited without permission from the publisher.

Check out a podcast: Start with CodeSwitch on NPR or Shine Brighter Together by Monique Melton (What Is Anti-Racism parts 1&2).

For students, participate in the annual Student Creative Challenge from Black Lives Matter at School.

For Teachers

Black Lives Matter at School
A national coalition organizing for racial justice in education that encourages all educators, students, parents, unions, and community organizations to join our annual week of action during the first week of February each year. This organization and its annual curriculum resources have been endorsed by the National Education Association.

Connect with your school librarian: They have a wealth of resources on how to use books to increase representation in literature as well as for tools for how to talk about race, or racism in the classroom with books.

Processing and Responding to Racial Bias Events With Children and Youth

Talking to Children After Racial Incidents
 resource from Howard Stevenson, Clinical Psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania.

Supporting Kids of Color in the Wake of Racialized Violence from EmbraceRace co-founders Andrew Grant-Thomas and Melissa Giraud conference call discussion with parents, teachers and other concerned adults, as well as invited expert guests, child psychologist Dr. Allison Briscoe-Smith and educator Dr. Sandra “Chap” Chapman from 7/14/16.

Center for Racial Justice in Education resources for talking about race, racism and racialized violence with kids.

What to Say to Kids When the News Is Scary from National Public Radio (2020)

Helping Youth After Community Trauma resource for educators from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.