A is for Activist

Books and films for children related to anti-racism

A is for Activist

I recently spoke to Kate Schweitzer, editor at POPSUGAR Family, about how to explain current nationwide protests to children.

I shared my perspective based on my research on the experiences of African American girls fighting for their educational rights and my own experiences as a parent.

How to Explain Black-Led Protests to Kids and Teach Them to Become Activists, Too
Protests and rebellions have erupted in cities across the US this week, and with everyone likely still at home because of the pandemic, there’s a good chance

I want to add to the reading list because there are so many books (and films!) that can help children learn. I can vouch for the ones below, but there are many more, I know.

For Toddlers
Woke Baby Board Book by Mahogany L. Browne
Dream Big, Little One by Vashtie Harrison
No!: My First Book of Protest Board book by Julie Merberg

For Lower Elementary
This Is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration by Jacqueline Woodson
She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World by Chelsea Clinton
Dreamers by Yuyi Morales
Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters by Barack Obama

For Lower & Upper Elementary
Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls' Rights by Sarah J. Robbins and Malala Yousafza

For Upper Elementary/Middle School
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Kid Activists: True Tales of Childhood from Champions of Change by Robin Stevenson

Akeelah and the Bee
Frozen 2

Television Shows
Doc McStuffins
Go, Diego, Go
Ni Hao, Kai-Lan
Motown Magic