BIG CONVERSATIONS

Hello and welcome to the first of our Big Conversations resource pages.  There are so many big topics that us parents and caregivers will embark upon as our children grow and ask bigger questions.  This can be daunting because we don't have prepared answers or are unsure of how to frame responses that are age appropriate.  This new section hopes to gather some great resources for you to feel better prepared.  

This is a work in progress. We consist of a tiny staff with lots of responsibilities, so if you see something wrong, out of date, or something missing, by all means send us a note!  

 

 
Children's books to read and help start the conversation of racism, diversity, and raising conscious, curious and compassionate children. Whenever possible, direct links below take you to purchase each title from a Boston local bookstore.
Antiracist Baby by Ibram X Kendi 
One Big Heart by Linsey Davis
Young Gifted and Black by Jamia Wilson
A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara
Layla's Happiness by Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie
Last Stop on Market Street by Mark de la Pena
Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall
Mixed: A Colorful Story by Arree Chung
Race Cars, A children's book about white privelage by Jenny Devenny
We Are the Change by Harry Belafonte
Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison
The Boy Who Grew A Forest: The True Story of Jadav Payeng by Sophia Gholz 
For Parents: The Mothers by Brit Bennet
A Kids Book About Racism, by Jelani Memori (and others in this series)
More coming...
 
NPR: Talking Race with Young Children 
10 TED Classroom resources about race in America
The Big Life Journal Podcast
How to Raise Anti-Racist Kids 
Mom Brain: Talking to Our Kids About Racism with Dr. Ann-Louise Lockhart
The Longest Shortest Time: How to Not (accidentally) Raise a Racist 
Parenting MoJo Wait, is my toddler a racist?
How to Deconstruct Racism One Headline at a Time - TED Talk by Baratunde Thurston/April 2019
How We Can Make Racism a Solvable Problem - and Improve Police Brutality - TED Talk by Phillip Atiba Goff/April 2019
The urgency of intersectionality
  
@biglifejournal Journals & activities to raise resilient, confident, happy kids (4+)
@theconsciouskid Parenting and Education through a Critical Race Lens. 
@ibramxk Ibram X. Kendi is a New York Times bestselling author and the Founding Director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. A professor of History and frequent public speaker, Kendi is a contributing writer at The Atlantic.
@akidsbookabout A collection of beautifully designed books that kickstart challenging, empowering, and important conversations for kids and their grownups. 
@consciouslittlereaders Children’s books & toys for diversity, difference, kindness, conscience. 
@hereweeread Mom and Diversity & Inclusion Expert. Helping you find diverse books, educational products and raise curious kids. 
@thelovelandfoundation Loveland Foundation is committed to showing up for communities of color in unique and powerful ways, with a particular focus on Black women and girls. 
@blackmamasmatter We envision a world where Black Mamas have the rights, respect, and resources to thrive before, during, and after pregnancy.

 

 
Clicques. A young brand with a simple concept following four main principles: design, handmade quality, sustainability and originality. Clicques are made from scratch and with a lot of love in Slovenia.
Dinkum Dolls by Olli EllaMeet the Dinkum Dolls! Full of love and wonder, children can snuggle them, dress them, and style their hair! The Dinkum Dolls are made from the softest, snuggliest cotton outer, making them perfect for not only playing with, but cuddling and going to sleep alongside. They feature the sweetest embroidered details, from their eyes and mouth, to the little rainbow over their heart.

Minikane DollsThese high quality dolls are handmade in Spain and come with a variety of skin tones, eye color and accessories to choose from.  They are widely collected and loved by children around the world.  
HarperIman Dolls. Black woman owned. Handmade linen dolls that come in a variety of skin tones and outfits.

 

I Never Forget a Face Matching GameThe smiling faces of 24 children from countries all over the world are fun and sometimes challenging to match in this memory game. The back cover shows each child and identifies their home country. Winner of the Oppenheim Gold Award.
Bellen's More Than Peach Project. Multicultural crayon company started by 9 year old Crayon Activist Bellen to create inclusive crayons colors to color #morethanpeach skin tones.
 
Embrace Race - Resources to raise children who are thoughtful, informed, and brave about race.
YW Boston - dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
The Child Mind Institute
How to talk about George Floyd
How to talk about racism and violence in the news

Raising Race Conscious Children - a resource to support adults who are trying to talk about race with young children. 
Teaching Tolerance - Free resources for educators with the mission to help teachers and schools educate children and youth to be active participants in a diverse democracy. 
Facing History and Ourselves - mission: Facing History and Ourselves uses lessons of history to challenge teachers and their students to stand up to bigotry and hate.
 
USES (United South End Settlements) The Inclusivist's Life: An Intergenerational Conversation to Guide Antiracist & Difference-Embracing Learning & Action" with board member, Gretchen Cook-Anderson. You can view the slideshow here or the video of the presentation here (password is 9M*.=29F).
Links Referenced in Presentation
Raising Race Conscious Children Workshops

 

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