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Resources to Help Start the Conversation About Racism with Kids

06/15/2020 10:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The Petaluma Mothers’ Club exists to provide support, information, education, friendship and an inclusive community to our members. As a network of families supporting families, the PMC unequivocally stands against racism. The PMC stands for inclusivity as a community of parents supporting one another. Our local and national community has experienced sadness, anger, and fear due to the tragic death of George Floyd and racial injustice towards the black community. If you have been seeking to find ways to talk about race and racism with your child, here are some resources available to start the conversation. We stand for creating an inclusive community where each member may find what they need to grow as a parent. 

Child Development Info:

Book Lists: 

Early Childhood Anti-Bias Education Booklists


Elementary age to high school age children from the Oakland Library: “Talking to Kids about Racism and Justice: a list for parents, caregivers, and educators” https://docs.google.com/document/d/1s0lCA3FlulVhK6DFE2d3uYCipc6ApY8Gn2rMwm6fYqw/mobilebasic?fbclid=IwAR38syDYbKtuMOQujbZ_g6tyol23bvbsZ7SHCUEIS6L6bNiv00_9319GwFg#heading=h.57en70wih33r

“Addressing Racial Injustice in Young Children” A conversation with the three psychologists who wrote the children’s book, “Something Happened in My Town,” about two families discussing a police shooting that occurred. Described as being geared for 4-8 year old children. 


8 tips for choosing “good” picture books featuring diverse, BIPOC characters


Shift Box: A social justice-oriented picture book subscription service for kids owned by two local Petaluma mothers: 


Children’s Books That Tackle Race and Ethnicity, compiled by the New York Times


Additional ideas: 

Anti-Racism Story on Busy Toddle Instagram


Conversation Starters: 

Anti-Racism For Kids 101: Starting To Talk About Race


Racism and Violence: Using Your Power as a Parent to Support Children Aged Two to Five


Books for parents: 

“So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo

In this New York Times bestseller, Ijeoma Oluo offers a hard-hitting but user-friendly examination of race in America


"White Fragility" by Robin Diangelo

The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.


Activities, Podcasts, Books and other resources from scaffolded (these are geared toward adults):  


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