It’s never too early to begin teaching young children about standing-up and making positive changes in the world. Empowering young people to understand that they can bring about change, no matter what age, is an incredibly powerful and moving experience. As a parent and teacher, I am always trying to make my own kids and students compare their lives to others, and to understand that they cam make people’s lives better. Will Smith has a great quote that goes, “If you’re not making someone else’s life better, then you’re wasting your time. Your life will become better by making other lives better.” In my opinion, this is the essence of raising young people to become adults with good character who won’t just standby and accept things for the way they are.
Kayla Lattimore put together a list of seven books that can be used to help children understand social justice and activism. What I love about these books is that they range in topics, and are all told through the eyes of children. Simplifying the world of social justice to terms that a child can process and understand is critical, and all of these books achieve this. The books on this list are a great way to start these really important conversations with kids.
You can check out Kayla’s list here: https://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2017/07/06/7-books-that-teach-kids-about-social-justice-and-activism/