Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk about Race: An Essential Resource

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*This information is based on the work of the Children’s Community School in Philadelphia and was written by Katrina Michie who gave us permission to republish this on our website. Please help support their efforts by sharing and tagging the school as the source, and if you can, donate to their efforts and to any related causes.

“So you’ve realized your kids aren’t too young to talk about race, so now what? We’ve rounded up some resources for you to start. The Children’s Community School in Philidelphia did all the research and legwork on this information. We adapted it. Check out their amazing resource page.

Here is a short podcast, put together by NPR and the Sesame Street Workshop, that is a great primer as well as offers an understanding on how to talk to young children about race:”

Talking Race with Young Children (Podcast Episode)

Articles for Parents & Caregivers about Talking about Race:

Anti-Racism for Kids 101: Starting to Talk about Race

Here’s How W. Kamau Bell Talks about Race with His Kids

100 Race-Conscious Things You Can Say to Your Child to Advance Racial Justice

Raising Race-Conscious Children

4 Things We Should All Teach Kids about Racism Right Now

Great Educational Podcast for Adults on the History of Race in America:

Seeing White Series on Scene On Radio

Resource for Teachers & Educators for Discussing Race with Children:

Teaching Tolerance: Race & Ethnicity

Books for Adults Who Want to Learn More about Race & Racism in America:

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Toys that Embrace Diversity:

People Colors Crayon Pack

Sugarfoot Rag Dolls

Pattycake Doll Company

Books for Children That Explore Diversity, Black History & Acceptance:

The Ultimate 2018 List of Diverse Books for Children (Here Wee Read is a great resource for books! Follow her Instagram!)

No White Saviors: Kids Books about Black Women in US History (Books For Littles)

Children’s Books by Brilliant Black Women: #OwnVoices Authors & Illustrators (Books for Littles)

Whose Toes Are Those? by Jabari Asim

Let’s Talk about Race by Julius Lester

Lovely by Jess Hong

Sugarplum Ballerinas by Whoopi Goldberg

A Roundup of Studies & Articles Cited above:

Three-Month-Olds, but Not Newborns, Prefer Own-Race Faces

Handbook of Race, Racism and the Developing Child

Developmental Psychopathology: Perspectives on Adjustment, Risk, and Disorder

The Development of Implicit Intergroup Cognition

How Kids Learn Prejudice

Even Babies Discriminate: A Natureshock Excerpt

This article was republished with permission from Katrina Michie.

A lifest‌yle writer whose work can be seen in Red Tricycle, Money.com, Livestrong.com and Redbook. When she’s not checking out new events, museums, and restaurants to keep her and her kids entertained, she can be found wandering around flea markets and thrift stores looking for cool vintage finds.

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