Teacher in me had to do this..
CHILDREN’S BOOKS THAT DISCUSS RACE & RACISM THREAD:
Brittany Smith is changing the way children learn about Diversity. The subject is common in her pre-K class.
27-year-old Smith, a New Jersey native, has b=been teaching pre-k for nearly five years. Her classroom is full of kids with a wide range of backgrounds that include at least four different languages. She does her best to cater to the variety by stocking the classroom with multi-cultural costumes, toys and dolls.
When the world went into an uproar over the deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd, she wanted to do something to help kids understand the depth of what is happening at this moment.
On June 1st, Smith who started out with 300 twitter followers, took to social media to share a list of children’s books that helps children deal with race and social issues. The thread has garnered over 400,000 likes.
When asked about the post, Smith stated, “I felt like I hadn’t really seen much about how children are taking it, or about what people are doing for their children,” Smith told In The Know. “And as an educator myself, that’s something I’m always thinking about — especially given the fact that I teach in such a diverse community.”
Smith drew inspiration for the viral tweet from the Nickelodeon network after they made a controversial decision to disrupt their programming for eight minutes and 46 seconds – the amount of time George Floyd was pinned and suffocated by police. The network dre criticism from some parents citing that the action was “too frightening for the children.” Smith decided that sharing this list would be her alternative.
Smith shared in an interview that some of the parents messaged her saying that they were struggling to find some of the titles on the list. Thankfully, due to the response of the tweet, she has reportedly been receiving lots of children’s books as gifts to her class.
“So excited to add these to my library,” she tweeted about her new gifts.