Massive List of Books to Help You Talk to Your Kids About Racism and Justice #BlackLivesMatter

July 9, 2016 Comments Off on Massive List of Books to Help You Talk to Your Kids About Racism and Justice #BlackLivesMatter
Massive List of Books to Help You Talk to Your Kids About Racism and Justice #BlackLivesMatter

This has been a trying week for black people and I am truly exhausted with trying to justify my place in the world and my right to stay alive and my husband’s right to not get shot dead by a trigger happy police officer. In the wake of two killings of black men– Alton Sterling who was selling CDs outside a store ad was killed by Baton Rouge police  and Philando Castile, whose death by a police officer was livestreamed on Facebook by his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds, the outcry, protests and marches that have followed and the subsequent killing of five Dallas police officers just have blacks everywhere truly mentally exhausted.

Not only that, but what about our babies who are taking note of how we feel and the stress and strain it’s having on our lives. How as parents do we deal with articulating to them a moment in history that they’ve only read about in books. It’s real. Our pain in real; our hearts are aching, our lives are disrupted and we have to keep it all together while finding a way to function in a society where we have to justify our feelings about all of this on social media to a sector of our audience who seem insensitive to our feelings right now. A sector– not everybody’s insensitive, but I’ve seen a few people who don’t seem to get it.

And our children. What about them? We can’t do this alone so don’t feel like you have to. Take time to remove yourself from social media and talk to your children and read to them. Here are some suggestions of books that will help you and help them understand just what we are going through. Instead of a movie night, have a book night, grab some ice cream, popcorn and some pillows and read some good books and have a great discussion about these current events. Take care of yourself guys. And take time to HEAL.



booklist



BOOKS

Babies & Toddlers

K-2nd

3rd-6th

7th & Up

See also:

ARTICLES


PARENT and TEACHER PERSPECTIVES

VIDEOS & MULTIMEDIA

USEFUL WEBSITES & OTHER RESOURCES

Source: Oakland Library

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