Monday, January 17, 2011

Reading about Race

Annie Sibley O'Brien is a local children's book author and illustrator, and a provocative, brave and inspiring thinker / communicator around issues of white privilege, race, and identity.  Her blog is wonderful and worth a look.

She provided a link to another fabulous resource - a bibliography of books that include illustrations of children doing things kids do -- these are not books about race but books that include images of kids from all kinds of racial and ethnic backgrounds.

(ASO also suggests these blogs: Mitali Perkins, Amy Bowllan, The Brown Bookshelf, Neesha Meminger, Zetta Elliott

Kids also need the chance to learn directly about race and racism, and there are a lot of gorgeous books that provide opportunities for conversation.  A few: 

The Color of Us by Karen Katz /activity ideas 

Although old (from 2002, mostly) Cynthia Leitch Smith  provides some great links, and has a unique emphasis on transracial adoption and multiracial identities/families.  

-- Kids are up, gotta stop, let's grow this list through comments!