As our social media, radio stations, newspapers, and news outlets are covering the tragic and racially-charged current events across the nation, children and youth are likely to hear disturbing audio and see disturbing images and videos. For some families, talking about race is a regular part of daily life. For others, it’s a subject that can be difficult to discuss. But for everyone, it’s an incredibly important conversation. There are developmentally appropriate ways to talk to children of all ages about racism. Initiating an age-appropriate conversation gives children a helpful frame for understanding painful realities.
KITM has provided a list of children’s books that parents may find helpful for starting the discussion: