Since COVID-19 hit, exposing the racial and ethnic disparities in our society, many parents have been asking a critical question: how can we have conversations with our children about race and diversity, early and often?
For over 50 years, ParentChild+ has been working to overcome systemic racism by helping build school readiness in the homes of young children and their families. By committing to provide all families with reading materials that are diverse, inclusive, and culturally relevant, we are now prioritizing helping children to understand the importance of racial justice, be rooted in their own identity, and develop a strong sense of self and understanding of others.
In honor of Black History Month, we invite you to join ParentChild+, children's book authors, and Diversity & Inclusion experts for a compelling, nationally relevant discussion on the representations of African American and Black characters in children's literature. The first in ParentChild+'s virtual event series on representation in children's literature, Windows Mirrors & Doors will shine a light on the impact it has on the well-being and social-emotional development of children, the importance for children and families of experiencing books by Black and African American authors, and the ways in which representation and book selection can be a powerful step toward building a stronger, more equitable world.