In this moment when anti-Black violence and racism is in the national spotlight, many of us are having hard conversations about events that have unfolded across the country in recent days and weeks. For those of us who are parents and caregivers, this also means having age and developmentally appropriate conversations with our kids.
With the help of the Hand in Hand community, we’ve compiled the following set of resources to help you have these conversations in your families and communities. The links below include information for parents and caregivers of white, Black, and non-Black children of color. Thank you to everyone who has shared resources to build this list.
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- Embrace Race: EmbraceRace is a multiracial online community dedicated to sharing and developing best practices for raising and caring for kids, all kids, in the context of race. The website includes articles, webinars, children’s book lists, and action guides.
- #BlackLivesMatter: K-8 Distance Learning Activities for Justice for George Floyd
- Raising Race Conscious Children: a resource to support adults who are trying to talk about race with young children to dismantle the color-blind framework and prepare young people to work toward racial justice. Many of the blog’s posts are geared toward white people but a community of guest bloggers represent diverse backgrounds and the strategies discussed may be helpful for all.
- Common Sense Media Resources About Race and Racism: articles and lists of media recommendations to help parents, educators, and others spark important conversations about race and racism.
- Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup: many helpful articles and videos.
- Talking to Kids About Police Brutality: A Community Resource List: resources compiled by the The Intergalactic Conspiracy of Childcare Collectives for parents of Black children, white children, and non-Black children of color, as well as self-care resources for Black parents.
- Raising Equity resources from Dr. Kira Banks Website with online courses, Podcast and Facebook Page
- “These Books Can Help You Explain Racism and Protest to Your Kids”, by Jessica Grose, New York Times
- Black Lives Matter Instructional Library You can click on children’s books titles and hear them read aloud.
- Kojo For Kids: Jason Reynolds Talks About Racism And The Protests: Young adult author Jason Reynolds talks on Kojo For Kids about Black Lives Matter protests, why racism persists and what we can do to build a less racist society.
- KidLit Rally 4 Black Lives: Anti-Racist Resources for Children, Families, and Educators: compiled by the Brown Bookshelf, an initiative designed to push awareness of the myriad Black voices writing for young readers.
- Helping Kids Process Violence, Trauma, and Race in a World of Nonstop News: video conversation with Common Sense Media
- How to Explain Black-Led Protests to Kids and Teach Them to Become Activists, Too, article by Kate Schweitzer, Popsugar
Anti-Racist resources for parents of white children:
- Compiled antiracism resources by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein (March 2020)
- The Top 5 Reasons Well Meaning White Parents Do Not Discuss Race With Their White Children
- “How not to raise the next Amy Cooper”: Embrace Race Webinar
Resources for parents of Black children:
- Parenting for Liberation: A podcast for Black parents and caregivers raising black children
- Get Home Safely: 10 Rules of Survival
Resources for parents of non-Black children of color:
- “I [STILL] can’t breathe”: Supporting kids of color amid racialized violence: Embrace Race webinar