Why It Matters: To create a stronger, more inclusive future for all of us, we must invest our time and energy in the children and youth of our communities, especially to combat hate and intolerance. Prejudice and biases are often embedded from a young age, but we can counter harmful frames of mind about people who are different from us through education. Stories written specifically for a younger age group will help to build up the next generation of compassionate adults and social activists.
The books range in topics from race to bullying and gay parenting to poverty. They all provide lessons on the importance of diversity, kindness, and perseverance.
- We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song --- Debbie Levy
- Red: A Crayon's Story --- Michael Hall
- And Tango Makes Three --- Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
- I am Rosa Parks and I am Martin Luther King Jr.--- Brad Melzer
- The Other Side --- Jacqueline Woodsen
- The Last Stop on Market Street --- Matt De la Pena
- The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade --- Justin Roberts
Recommended by Law Foundation Senior Attorney, Molly Brennan
"I chose these books because, as a mom to 3 young kids, one of the most important things I can teach them is to see the beauty in their differences. And, just as important, to see the beauty in everyone else's differences, whether it is skin color, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. It is never too early to talk about the things that make us different, particularly skin color, since it is often the first thing kids notice. Our children aren't colorblind or able-body blind, and my hope is that by using these books to introduce our children to these topics, we might be able to prevent so many of the implicit biases we all have from our life's experiences from being passed on to our children."
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