Embracing Race in Children’s Programming (PCI Webinars)
Children are not colorblind. Research has shown that children recognize race at a very young age and even develop racial biases by age 5. (https://inclusions.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Children-are-Not-Colorblind.pdf)
As storytellers and educators, we have a moral obligation to teach not only the basics of early literacy but also learn more about and celebrate racial differences. By pointing out the color of one’s skin and naming it in a positive manner we give children a vast and more authentic view of the world. In this webinar, we will discuss our professional experience exploring race through age-appropriate children and family programming. We will provide an extensive list of resources, such as favorite picture books, databases, and ways to bring inclusivity to any program.
Attendees will learn how to:
- Choose appropriate materials for subject matter, cross-group books, own voices (BIPOC), and how to begin the process of identifying our own personal biases.
- Create opportunities for safe conversations about race and racial injustices in age-appropriate ways and present talking points to children and their caregivers
- Example of past programs and community partnerships
- Examine our own biases with honesty, compassion, and mindfulness
- Briefly touch upon the concepts of white privilege and anti-racism
- Use ALA guidelines to support a bigger understanding of race
- Explore resources such as the database Diverse Book Finder, Colorfulpages.org, and online communities