The holiday season is a wonderful time to watch movies, shows, or read books with your families and engage in quality time together. Good Shepherd teachers have been working to purposefully integrate culturally-diverse literature into their classroom libraries, read-alouds, and book studies. Doing so opens up conversations about different cultures and creates opportunities to celebrate diversity in our community and around the world.
If you would like to engage in conversations that support diversity, equity, and inclusion with your children, Mrs. Jarke and Ms. Torres have put a list together that may help you select age-appropriate media. Please keep in mind, diversity comes in many different forms, such as race, gender, ethnicity, religion, family makeup, socio economic status, and sexual orientation, to name a few. We hope to provide some resources to help incorporate the wonderful diversity of our country into your home.
The Conscious Kid - This website provides a guide on how to talk to kids about race.
Common Sense Media: Black History Movies That Tackle Racism - This blog includes a list of age-appropriate movies that include racism issues. Below is a short description of one of the movies and conversation starter questions:
And the Children Shall Lead, age 9+ - Direct and sensitive, this tween-friendly take on how the civil rights movement turned the South upside down in the 1960s is both direct enough to hold tweens' attention and important enough to be good family viewing.
Conversation starter: What would you do if you were faced with the same situation as the kids in the movie? Can you think of examples that show how race still affects the way people are treated today?
Common Sense Media: Books That Promote Diversity and Inclusion - This blog includes a list of books, starting at age 2+, that include a variety of topics and emphasizes empathy.
New York Times Best of 2020 Children’s Books - notable books for middle school or young adults that tackle a variety of diversity topics.
Such as, All Are Welcome by Carrie Kingsley, age 4+