~ Resource Books for Parents & Teachers ~
These books provide information, activities, and resources on bullying, peace education, anti-bias education, and more for parents and educators.
Anti-Bias | Anti-Racism Resources
40 Ways to Raise a Non-Racist Child by Barbara Matthias & Mary Ann French. This is a book for parents written by two parents, one black and one white. It provides wise advice for addressing issues surrounding race as one's children learn and grow. The book is divided into age sections, starting with infancy and ends in high school. It provides numerous examples and ways parents can react.
Anti-Bias Curriculum: Tools for Empowering Young Children by Louise Derman-Sparks and the A.B.C. Task Force This book published by the NAEYC is the bible for addressing bias in preschool. Many of the activities can easily be adapted to older children. Topics covered include: Identity and Attitudes | Selecting Anti-Bias Materials | Learning about Racial Differences, Disabilities, Gender, and Culture | Resisting Stereotyping |Activism | Anti-Bias Holidays| Working with Parents
The First R: How Children Learn Race and Racism by Debra Van Ausdale & Joe R. Feagin Based on a research study carried out in a racially diverse day care center among 3 to 5 year olds, this book demonstrates how children learn to discriminate based on skin color and point out that racism is learned as part of growing up in American society and is hard to root out.
So You Want to Talk about Racism and Bias by Ijema Oluo Building on her life experiences, Oluo explains in clear, forceful language why institutional racism and prejudice inform every part of our society. Oluo tackles the tough issues – privilege, school-to-prison pipelines, police brutality, cultural appropriation, and a plethora of up-to-the-moment issues that all of us, no matter who we are, need to consider and incorporate into our daily struggle for justice.
"Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack" by Peggy MacIntosh This short article provides a list of soul-searching questions that demonstrate in clear, reasonable ways white people are privileged over others. It is an excellent tool to use in high school, college, and with adults groups.
You Can't Say You Can't Play by Vivian Paley Kindergarten teacher Vivian Paley sets out to end the discriminatory practice of children excluding others from their play by making the rule "You can't say you can't play." This book is the story of how this rule unfolded in her classroom and the changes it did and didn't make in the lives of her students.
Resources on Conflict Resolution, Peaceful Co-Existence, and Inner Peace
Learning the Skills of Peacemaking by Nancy Drew This collection of activities for elementary age children addresses conflict resolution techniques, peaceful understanding, and finding solutions to global conflict.
Nurturing Spirituality in Children by Peggy J. Jenkins This book provides a series of simple activities parents and teachers can carry out with children of all ages that focus on developing inner awareness and compassion. Find related TPNow activities here.
Teaching Young Children in Violent Times by Diane E. Levin Activities to develop cultural acceptance, conflict resolution skills, addressing war play and media violence, and building community through conflict resolution practices.
Education for a Better World
Growing Artists: Teaching the Arts to Young Children by Joan Bouza Koster The arts speak to everyone. They develop confidence, creativity, and problem solving skills. They can also be used to address bias and foster community.
Learning Together with Young Children by Deb Curtis and Margie Carter Education should be a collaboration between teacher and student. Curtis and Carter present early childhood classrooms where teachers' reflections on children's questions and thoughts are the basis for an evolving child-centered curriculum where children are empowered to learn.
Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv Our children desperately need to play outdoors. Richard Louv provides a convincing case for nature in our children's lives.
Raising Elijah by Sandra Steingraber This is a very personal and compelling examination of the toxins in our environment and how they affect our young children.
The Good Food Revolution by Will Allen In this inspirational book, Will Allen shares his life, how racism affected him, and broadens our perspective on food.