Dominican Republic Book Frames Study Group for Teachers

In the spring of 2016, teachers in Salem, Massachusetts met after school to learn about the history and culture of their students from the Dominican Republic. The four part series of professional development workshops was so popular that it was offered again in 2017. Their core text for the workshops was Teaching for Change’s Caribbean Connections: The Dominican […]

Back to School with New Social Justice Books

This summer we’ve had a chance to check out some new titles for elementary, middle, and high school students. We share them here with you. We also encourage you to join us in following the Reading While White (RWW) blog. In celebration of their first anniversary, RWW will review an #OwnVoices title each day for the […]

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Teaching for Change 2016 Summer Reading and Writing Challenge

Teaching for Change challenges young people to read as many books as they can over the summer – especially multicultural and social justice books. We also encourage young people and their caregivers to examine the representation of Native Americans and people of color in the Scholastic catalog, and then write a letter advocating for multicultural […]

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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Teaching Young Children about Race

A Guide for Parents and Teachers Recent events  have led many parents and teachers to seek out resources to address issues of race and inequality with young children. We share with you here an excerpt from the book Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves. The book offers practical guidance to early childhood educators (including parents) for confronting barriers of […]

Teaching for Change Board Member Wins 2014 Lillian Smith Book Award

We are pleased to announce that Teaching for Change board member Michael J. O’Brien’s book, We Shall Not Be Moved: The Jackson Woolworth Sit-In and the Movement it Inspired, is one of the 2014 Lillian Smith Book Award recipients. The Lillian Smith Book Awards were established in 1968 by the Southern Regional Council to recognize authors whose books represent […]

Challenging White Privilege in Children’s Books

By Alison Kysia As an educator and a parent, I need children’s books that represent the diversity of my children, students, and our community. This is easier said than done. Data collected by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center indicates that from 2008-2012 only 10% of children’s books published were about people of color despite the […]

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Mything Mandela

This article was published in Rethinking Schools (Volume 28 No.3 – Spring 2014.)  By Deborah Menkart Mandela, the beautifully illustrated children’s book by Kadir Nelson, has been selected as one of the top books on Nelson Mandela by many groups including Colorlines and Kirkus Reviews. Given Kadir Nelson’s talents and strong reputation as a children’s book […]

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Our Favorite Books of 2013

Here are a few of our favorite books from 2013 for children, young adults, and adults. (And we mean just a few of them. See more on our new and featured list.) All of these titles would make great gifts for friends, family, and/or yourself. Visit our Teaching for Change bookstore in D.C. at Busboys and Poets […]

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Sherman Alexie’s Indies First Movement in D.C.

In a grassroots movement launched by author Sherman Alexie, more than 900 authors hand-sold their favorite books in independent bookstores around the country on November 30th. As part of this Indies First Movement, George Pelecanos and Natalie Hopkinson recommended their favorite titles in Teaching for Change’s Bookstore at Busboys and Poets.

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