Top 5 Baby Books on Race & Diversity
Updated: Jun 5, 2020
I wonder if you, like me, watched the news and social media in horror as the George Floyd story unravelled this week.
I find it disturbing that society in the 21st century can still demonstrate such brutal acts of racism. Needless to say, it's started a strong discourse on racism, diversity and the huge lack of education surrounding it.
With that in mind, and inspired by so many others online, I have sought ways I can support anti-racism. As a mother, inevitably, one of the first things I can do is review the book shelf, the toys, and review the tv shows. Is there enough diversity? Education starts at home.
Before you question whether they're too young, check out this post below. Children as young as 2 years old use race to reason about people's behaviours. So it's never too early to talk about race.
Here's a list of 5 books you can read to your babies - aged 0-2.
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes - a celebration of babies from all around the world. A lovely rhyming text illustrated by Helen Oxley - well known for illustrating "We're Going on a Bear Hunt".
Dream Big Little One - this beautiful book showcases black women who have changed the world -
perfect bedtime book for inspiring dreams.
A is for Activist - This book is like no other ABC book you'll come across. Powerful and progressive, read to your kids if you want them to grow up appreciating community, equality and justice.
Where are you From? - A wonderful book that celebrates many backgrounds, roots and cultures. It's sure to get your little ones asking the question themself; where am I from?
All Are Welcome - This is a vibrant book of children at school from many different cultures, all in one classroom, where "everyone is welcome". A lovely melody and rhyme throughout.
For more inspiration on books please follow Instagram Account - "Diverse Kids Books".
And aside from books, I have also donated to The Black Curriculum, emailed learning resources to Lex's head teacher and signed countless petitions. Let's bring our babies into a kind, inclusive and respectful world.
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