Reading for Social Justice
Date posted: February 20, 2019
Today is World Day of Social Justice!
Reading for Social Justice: A Guide for Families and Educators is a new resource from Teaching Tolerance and the School of Education, University of Colorado Boulder. It presents a thorough and practical guide to creating a reading group focused on social justice for families.
This guide is designed to support a group of educators and families as they plan and lead an intergenerational social justice reading group. Along with models and resources, you’ll find practical recommendations for establishing a framework, inviting student input and organizing a series of meetings where children and adults in your community can read, talk, teach and learn together.
Families and educators share the important task of helping children develop the skills they need to thrive in a diverse democracy. These include understanding how to speak and listen to one another, to share and to hear stories and ideas and to recognize the value in our differing experiences. The true spirit of this work also requires the flip side of this: for educators and families to hear students’ stories and to learn about the world as children observe it. – p.6
In addition to the recommended book lists in the guide, here are a few other places to find children’s books on social justice: