Guide for Selecting Anti-Bias Children’s Books

By Louise Derman-Sparks Based on “Ten Quick Ways to Analyze Children’s Books for Racism and Sexism.” Updated in 2013.* Children’s books continue to be an invaluable source of information and values. They reflect the attitudes in our society about diversity, power relationships among different groups of people, and various social identities (e.g., racial, ethnic, gender, […]

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Bad Advice from NPR’s Weekend Edition on Racist Children’s Books

UPDATE The January 31, 2016 NPR Weekend Edition aired a segment, “How Do We Read Books Embedded With Racism?“, in response to critiques (read below) by Teaching for Change and many others of the January 24th segment. NPR posted some of the critiques, including one by former TFC staff member Jhonna Amelia Turner. This confirms that it is worth […]

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Considerations for Early Childhood and Early Elementary Educators on Slavery and Resistance

The recent successful grassroots campaign that resulted in the recall of the children’s book A Birthday Cake for George Washington and the related critiques of A Fine Dessert have brought more people into the conversation about how and when to talk to young children about the history of enslavement of Africans in the United States. To support […]

When and How to Talk with Young Children about Enslavement: Discussion Questions for Educators

By Louise Derman-Sparks and Julie Olsen Edwards The recent successful, collective effort that resulted in the recall of A Birthday Cake for George Washington, a young children’s book that offered an inaccurate, sugarcoated version of the realities of slavery, brings up another important conversation for the early childhood community staff, families,  and social justice activists. This one is about […]

Doing Justice to Martin Luther King Jr. Day with Young Children

By Amy Rothschild Early childhood educators often struggle with the question of how to honor Martin Luther King Jr. in a way that is developmentally appropriate, focused, and accurate. Two challenges arise in teaching about King: the first is effectively communicating historical information to young children, and the second is adequately representing the diversity, breadth, […]

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