Posts Tagged "Race"

Books As Bridges: Using Children’s Books to Talk About Race

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in For Educators, Race & Culture, XYZ Feature | Comments Off on Books As Bridges: Using Children’s Books to Talk About Race

Books As Bridges: Using Children’s Books to Talk About Race

On April 30, I presented my workshop, “Books As Bridges: Using Children’s Books to Talk About Race,” for the Massachusetts School Library Association conference in Amherst. Here is the title and resource list I’ve developed for the workshop. Many of the titles are older ones that I’ve used for years; they are intended as prototypes so that librarians, teachers and parents can apply these categories to other, more recent titles as well.       BOOKS AS BRIDGES Using Children’s Books to Talk About Race: A Bibliography developed by Krista Aronson and...

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When We Don’t Talk About Race with Children

Posted by on Apr 26, 2012 in Changing White Mind, Race & Culture | 3 comments

When We Don’t Talk About Race with Children

Just read a fascinating article in The Nation about how young adults ages 18-30 think about race in this country. A poll by the Public Religion Research Institute found that, “a solid majority of white Millennials, 56 percent, say that government has paid too much attention to the problems of blacks and other minorities. An even larger majority, 58 percent, say that ‘discrimination against whites has become as big a problem as discrimination against blacks and other minorities.'” Columnist Jamelle Bouie, expressing his puzzlement at “how anyone could plausibly say...

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Seeing What We Can’t See

Posted by on Mar 27, 2012 in Changing White Mind, For Educators, Race & Culture | 2 comments

Seeing What We Can’t See

Just discovered a cute pack of 9 board books, the Baby Days Collection, published in 2007 by Little Scholastic, full of adorable baby faces of all colors. But I was flabbergasted by the inner photos in Baby Bathes. Take a look:     Is it really possible that no editor ever noticed the progression of babies by skin color, and the subliminal message it conveys: a black baby = “time for a bath,” a white baby = “clean baby?” (Stunning that the middle photos intensify the effect, with the baby’s skin lighter in the 3rd spread.) Has no one at the publisher...

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Exploring a Bicultural Experience

Posted by on Mar 19, 2012 in For Educators, Korean Books & Culture | 2 comments

Exploring a Bicultural Experience

One of my favorite blogs, Korean American Story, has just published a piece I was invited to write for them, “Of Longing and Belonging.” This relatively new blog has already built a thoughtful and insightful collection of essays and fiction on what it means to be Korean and American, including immigrant, U.S.-born, and adoptee perspectives.

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Racists = Bad People?

Posted by on Dec 1, 2011 in Changing White Mind, Diverse & Global Books, Race & Culture | 1 comment

Racists = Bad People?

Recently I’ve been collecting nonfiction children’s books (mostly from the 1990’s, mostly library discards) addressing racism, including these titles: What Do We Think About Racism?; Talking About Racism; Let’s Talk About Racism; What Do You Know About Racism; and How Do I Feel About Dealing with Racism.  As a group, the books have some useful information, but most define racism as a confusing umbrella term that includes prejudice based on ethnicity, culture, religion and nationality as well as race. But the biggest drawback shared by all the books is limiting the...

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