For Parents and Educators
In light of recent protests, many parents, educators and caregivers are asking how best to talk to their children about racism, discrimination, inequality and the Black Lives Matter movement.
Here are some books for both kids and parents that can help you engage your children on important but challenging conversations about racism, diversity and inclusion. Another resource helpful for parents is this New York Times Parenting feature “These Books Can Help You Explain Racism and Protest to Your Kids” (June 3, 2020).
For Girls and Young Women
Curated lists with your girls in mind:
It’s important for girls to see female protagonists leading the way in their favorite books.
If your then daughter loves “exciting quests and nail-biting adventure,” check out this curated list of action-adventure books with girls leading the way.
This list from A Mighty Girl (a worthwhile place to find other resources for your girl) provides read-aloud chapter books for elementary-aged children with strong female characters at the center.
Reading fiction is both fun and can help kids become more empathetic.
This list of children’s books will help build perspective-taking skills and teach young readers empathy.
This list provides another sample of children’s books teaching empathy, kindness and compassion to younger readers.
Right now, it’s important to find new ways to help our girls continue to socialize with friends even if they can’t see each other in person.
This list of online multiplayer games offer creative ways for girls (and boys) to stay in touch and, in many cases, help build their collaborative problem-solving skills too. (Note: As with any video game, check for appropriate ages and consider using parental controls, too)