Race & Diversity Resources

“To love all children, we must struggle together to create the schools that we are taught to believe are impossible: schools built on intersectional justice, anti-racism, love, healing, and joy.” – Dr. Bettina Love

P.S. 31 Celebrates Diversity and Strives to Build the Impossible.
The P.S. 31 PTA takes the pledge to support Black lives in our community all year long.

“Not all Streets are like Sesame Street.” Watch Sesame Street and CNN’s Town Hall on Talking to Children about Racism.

Parents, Check Out the podcast: School Colors. Also, check out Black History year to learn about issues related to the Black American experience.

Talk to Your Child About Race ToolKit.

10 Tips on How to Talk to Your Child About Race From Embrace Race.

Anti-Racism for Kids: An Age-by-Age Guide to Fighting Hate.

Speak openly. When we are honest with children about our country’s history of bigotry, sexism and stereotypes, we help prepare them to challenge these issues when they arise. A child who knows the racial history of the Confederate flag, for example, is less likely to brandish that symbol out of ignorance.
Model equity. As parents, we are our kids’ first teachers. When it comes to teaching tolerance, actions speak louder than words. When you say that boys and girls are equal but refuse to buy your son an Easy Bake Oven because it’s a “girls’ toy,” what message do you send?
Do something. Take a stand when you witness injustice. Challenge racism, bigotry and stereotypes, and encourage your child to take action, too. Silence and inaction in the face of bigotry condone it. With regard to offensive mascots, for example, hold a petition drive, write an editorial in the school paper, organize a boycott of the school supply store — do something to make a difference.” – From Dana Williams’ Teaching Tolerance: Beyond the Golden Rule.

Dana Williams has tips for every age child as well as checking our own biases.

READ Together

Children need books that allow them to see themselves and their own experiences, allow them to see the world of others, and allow them to enter other worlds.
P.S. 31 PTA Book Suggestions: *We always recommend you preview content prior to introducing it to your child.

Books Celebrating Differences:

We’re Different, We’re the Same by Bobbi Kates (Story Read by Sesame Street’s Gordon).
I’m Like You, You’re Like Me by Cindy Gainer, A PK-110 Pick (Virtual Read Aloud Here).
The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson.
Intersection Allies: We Make Room for All by Chelsea Johnson.
Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’O (Virtual Read Aloud Here).
Looking Like Me by Walter Dean Myers (Virtual Read Aloud Here).
Love by Matt de la Pena.
You Matter by Christian Robinson (Virtual Read Aloud by Christian Robinson Here).
Lovely by Jess Hong (Virtual Bilingual Read Aloud Here).
Different is Awesome (Living One Handed) by Ryan Haack.
The Smallest Girl, In the Smallest Grade by Justin Roberts.
I Promise by Lebron James (debuts on August 11th).

Books that give us a glimpse into another person’s world:

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña (Virtual Read Aloud Here).
The Barefoot Book of Children by Kate DePalma and Tessa Strickland.
Mommy’s Khimar by Jamilah Tompkins-Bigelow.
A Bike Like Sergio’s by Maribeth Boelts.
Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall.
Young Pele by Lesa Cline-Ransome.
Wings by Christopher Myers (Virtual Read Aloud Here).

Books to Begin Conversations About Kindness, Empathy, Compassion and Acceptance:

Sparkle Boy by Lesléa Newman (Virtual Read Aloud Here).
Come With Me by Milly M. McGhee.
We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio.
A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams (Virtual Read Aloud Here).
I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness by Kerascoët.
Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts and Noah Z. Jones.
When Charley Met Emma by Amy Webb (Check Out this Interview with the Author on how to Talk to Our Children about Disabilities.)
The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi (Virtual Read Aloud Here).
Say Something by Peter H. Reynolds (Virtual Read Aloud Here).
Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev.
I am Jazz by Jessica Herthel.
Listening with My Heart: A Story of Kindness and Self-Compassion by Gabi Garcia.
Maybe Something Beautiful by Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howel (Virtual Read Aloud Here).

Books Addressing Black History and Racism:

A Kids Book About Racism by Jelani Memory.
Ron’s Big Mission by Rose Blue and Corinne Naden.
Sewing Stories by Barbara Herker.
Let’s Talk About Race by Julius LesterSeparate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh (Virtual Read Aloud Here).
Malcolm Little by Ilyasah Shabazz.
Beautiful Blackbird by Ashley Bryan (Virtual PBS Read Aloud Here).
Standing On Her Shoulders: A Celebration of Women by Monica Clark-Robinson.
Lizzie Demands a Seat!: Elizabeth Jennings Fights for Streetcar Rights by Beth Anderson.
Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson.
Not My Idea by Anastasia Higginbotham (Click Here For PDF Version).

Black Lives Matter At School NYC
Revolutionary Love in the Classroom

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