We are in the middle of a historic time right now – all 50 US states and 18 countries across the world have seen protests in support of Black lives which makes this is largest civil rights movement in history. Some of you may be having conversations about what’s happening right now in your families, and the library can be a source of support for having those conversations.
The first step towards eliminating racism is acknowledging it exists, and we know it exists in Vancouver and in our schools. I want every student and caregiver in the Oppenheimer community to know that acts of racism in our community are unacceptable.
This year I have been working to add books to our collection at Oppenheimer that reflect the diversity of our students and the world around them. The priority for books in the library will continue to be books by and about members of the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) community.
Below are some lists of books for discussing issues of racism with children and that showcase voices of historically oppressed groups. For any families wanting support or to talk more about around this issue, I am happy to chat. In the coming days I will be posting some of the resources we have in our library, and new ones added.
Book Lists and Links for Caregivers
31 Children’s books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance
Why Reading Diversely is Important
Talking about Race with Young Children