Anti-bias curriculum is an approach to early childhood education that sets forth values-based principles and methodology in support of respecting and embracing differences and acting against bias and unfairness. Anti-bias teaching requires critical thinking and problem solving by both children and adults. The overarching goal is creating a climate of positive self and group identity development, through which every child will achieve her or his fullest potential.
The book, Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves, by Louise Derman-Sparks and Julie Olsen Edwards, offers practical guidance to early childhood educators (including parents) for confronting and eliminating barriers of prejudice, misinformation, and bias about specific aspects of personal and social identity; most importantly, it includes tips for adults and children to respect each other, themselves, and all people. Below you will find recommended books for young children, teachers, and parents for each chapter as well as additional resources on anti-bias themes and topics.
- Teaching Young Children about Race: A Guide for Parents and Teachers
- Guide for Selecting Anti-Bias Children’s Books
- Considerations for Early Childhood and Early Elementary Educators on Slavery and Resistance
- Finding Multicultural Children’s Books
- Children, Arab Heritage, and Anti-Bias Education
- I Didn’t Know There Were Cities in Africa!
- Developing Critical Literacy
Available in English and Spanish
Recommended booklists that accompany the best selling NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) publication Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves.
This companion film to the book Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves is available for free viewing on Youtube.