Teaching Kids About Slavery: Picture Books Struggle With The Task

The shelves and desks at Teaching for Change in Washington, D.C., are full of picture books. For years, the nonprofit, which advocates for a more inclusive curriculum in public schools, has been keeping track of what it considers to be some of the best — and worst — multicultural children’s books out there. Allyson Criner Brown, Teaching for Change’s associate director, says they keep the bad ones because “there’s so much to learn from them.” A Birthday Cake for George Washington was just put on the bad shelf.