The Inclusion School Resource Center

This is a space to learn, share, and connect with tools and content to help you discuss diversity and inclusion with children.

 

BOOKS 

  • Growing up Black in White by Kevin D. Hofmann – Growing Up Black in White by Kevin D. Hofmann is a moving and sometimes humorous look into the life of one man with a fascinating past. Born into the racially-charged Detroit of 1967 to a white mother and a black father, the author was placed into foster care and then adopted by a white minister and his wife, the parents of three biological children. Hofmann’s memoir reveals the racial tensions, the difficulties of feeling neither black nor white, his family’s loving support, and his struggles to define and embrace his own identity as he grew to be a man. This is a story of hope and promise, and how we are able to define ourselves not through the racism and judgments of a challenging society, but through our own sense of self-respect and personal identity. 
  • Waking Up White by Debbie Irving – For twenty-five years, Debby Irving sensed inexplicable racial tensions in her personal and professional relationships. As a colleague and neighbor, she worried about offending people she dearly wanted to befriend. As an arts administrator, she didn’t understand why her diversity efforts lacked traction. As a teacher, she found her best efforts to reach out to students and families of color left her wondering what she was missing. Then, in 2009, one “aha!” moment launched an adventure of discovery and insight that drastically shifted her worldview and upended her life plan. In Waking Up White, Irving tells her often cringe-worthy story with such openness that readers will turn every page rooting for her-and ultimately for all of us.
  • Write On Girl!: A Fun Guided Journal for Preteen Girls by Jillian D Bradfield – Hey gorgeous girls! This book is just for you.Use this book to write your goals, dreams and hearts desires. If you don’t know where to begin, every week I give you topics to jump start and get your creative juices flowing. May you find joy and inspiration every week!
  • I Promise by LeBron James – NBA champion and superstar LeBron James pens a slam-dunk picture book inspired by his foundation’s I PROMISE program that motivates children everywhere to always #StriveForGreatness. Just a kid from Akron, Ohio, who is dedicated to uplifting youth everywhere, LeBron James knows the key to a better future is to excel in school, do your best, and keep your family close. I Promise is a lively and inspiring picture book that reminds us that tomorrow’s success starts with the promises we make to ourselves and our community today.
  • My Mom Has Two Jobs by Michelle Travis – Finally, a children’s picture book that pays homage to working moms everywhere! My Mom Has Two Jobs celebrates the work that women do both inside and outside of the home.
  • My Heart Fills With Happiness by Monique Gray Smith – A book to support the wellness of Indigenous children and families and to encourage young children to reflect on what makes them happy.
  • Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem by Amanda Gorman – In this stirring, much-anticipated picture book by presidential inaugural poet and activist Amanda Gorman, anything is possible when our voices join together. As a young girl leads a cast of characters on a musical journey, they learn that they have the power to make changes—big or small—in the world, in their communities, and most importantly, in themselves. 
  • Guji-Guji by Chih-Yuan Chen – Guji Guji is just your ordinary, everyday, run-of-the-mill duck…um, crocodile…um, duck… In this engaging story about identity, loyalty and what it really means to be a family, Guji, Guji makes some pretty big decisions about who he is, what he is, and what it all means, anyway.
  • The Adventures of Bug and Boo-Under the Sea by Denay Hooks – Bug has a rare disease and uses a wheelchair, but when she and her brother are on these adventures, she is able to do things her body doesn’t typically allow. They swim with colorful fish, find an old pirate ship, and still manage to make it home by dinner.
  • A Zebra Named Zion by Ben Smith – A simple story designed to provoke discussion about mental health in primary school aged children.
  • Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You by Sonia Sotomayor – US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor celebrates the different abilities kids (and people of all ages) have.
  • When Charley Met Emma by Amy Webb – This book will help kids think about disability, kindness and how to behave when they meet someone who is different from them 
  • Journey To Appleville by Veronica Appleton – What can six kids from a local neighborhood do when they have a goal in mind? Embark on a quest to Appleville, of course! Join Kenan, Tu-Tu, Pedro, Liu-Liu, Lizzy, and Cassie as they overcome their fears with the help of the Appleville Fairy.
  • The Cycle of a Dream: A Kid’s Introduction to Structural Racism in America by Kimberly Narain – “Each page walks you through the history of social injustice, inequalities and racism in America.  However, this book also shares a very positive message that can become a conversation piece with family, friends or in the classroom.”
  • Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love – A glimpse of costumed mermaids leaves one boy floored with wonder and ready to dazzle the world. 
  • Hear My Voice/Escucha mi voz by Warren Binford – The Testimonies of Children Detained at the Southern Border of the United States
  • Born Ready – THE TRUE STORY OF A BOY NAMED PENELOPE By JODIE PATTERSON – Jodie Patterson, activist and Chair of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation Board, shares her transgender son’s experience in this important picture book about identity and acceptance.
  • Milo Imagines the World By MATT DE LA PEÑA – Milo and his teen sister, who are both Black, take a long subway ride together. Big sister is glued to her cell phone and bespectacled Milo draws the lives he imagines for other passengers on the train.
  • Call and Response: The Story of Black Lives Matter By Veronica Chambers – a broad and powerful exploration of the history of Black Lives Matter told through photographs, quotes, and informative text.
  • We Are Still Here! Native American Truths Everyone Should Know by Traci Sorell – Twelve Native American kids present historical and contemporary laws, policies, struggles, and victories in Native life, each with a powerful refrain: We are still here!

ADDITIONAL BOOK RESOURCES: 

 ORGANIZATIONS & OTHER RESOURCES

Cooperative Children’s Book Centre – The CCBC is a unique and vital gathering place for books, ideas, and expertise in the field of children’s and young adult literature. 

Learning For Justice – seeks to uphold the mission of the Southern Poverty Law Center: to be a catalyst for racial justice in the South and beyond, working in partnership with communities to dismantle white supremacy, strengthen intersectional movements and advance the human rights of all people. 

Play-Spark – Neurodiversity Resources & Educational Handouts  

Eyes on the Prize documentary – tells the definitive story of the civil rights era from the point of view of the ordinary men and women whose extraordinary actions launched a movement that changed the fabric of American life, and embodied a struggle whose reverberations continue to be felt today.  

National At Home Dad Network – To empower fathers and champion a culture that recognizes them as capable and competent parents. 

Women’s Right to Vote – Puzzle for Children  

How to Talk to Your Child About Shocking Events – Indigrow Article 

No Barriers Youth – Imagine a world where barriers don’t stand in the way of what’s possible  

3 Things We Can Learn From Our kids About Diversity and Inclusion – Cary Magazine Article 

Diversity: Beyond the Checkbox Podcast – Podcast by The Diversity Movement that provides an excellent lens on DEI for parents. 

10 Great Animated Movies And TV Shows Centered on Black Characters, While We Wait For Soul – Article by JERRICA TISDALE on Cinema Blend that provides a great resource list 

Lauren Simone Publishing (LSP) House – a platform for authors and artists to share their talent and diversity  

Xenolearn – A virtual learning hub for diversity, equity and inclusion 

A Mighty Girl – The world’s largest collection of books, toys, and movies for smart, confident, and courageous girls  

Keepsake Tales – Helping children see themselves reflected in the stories they read. 

Black Parents Explain How to Deal with the Police – a powerful, insightful video 

PFLAG – organization uniting parents, families, and allies with people who are LGBTQ+  

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? By Beverly Daniel Tatum – An excellent resource for parents 

How to Teach Your Children About Racism: A Letter From A Black Mother to White Parents by Uchenna L Umeh 

Upbringing.co – an inclusive community of humans who contribute their beliefs, experiences and struggles for our common growth and connection. 

Ditto Kids Magazine – An Anti-racism Magazine for Kids  

Linda Sue Park TEDx Talk – Can A Children’s Book Change the World? 

Hand in Hand Parenting – Hand in Hand Parenting helps parents when parenting gets hard. The Hand in Hand parenting approach builds resilient families and supportive communities of parents and professionals. 

The Diversity Movement – Excellent DEI resource for parents and businesses 

The Zinn Education Project – introduces students to a more accurate, complex, and engaging understanding history 

GLSEN – organization working to end discrimination, harassment, and bullying based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression and to prompt LGBT cultural inclusion and awareness in K-12 schools  

The Hidden Curriculum – an essay by Naomi Raquel Enright, a writer, educator and equity practitioner 

Student Leadership Capacity Building Survey – A free tool designed to help students better understand their student leadership experiences in school. 

Panorama Education – Actionable data and insight – Bring together social-emotional learning, multi-tiered system of supports, response to intervention, school climate, and student voice—all in one platform. 

The Barbie Dream Gap Project – “Research shows that starting at age 5, many girls develop self-limiting beliefs and begin to think they’re not as smart and capable as boys. This is called the Dream Gap, and to help close it, Barbie launched the Dream Gap Project in 2018. This ongoing global initiative gives girls the resources and support they need to continue believing in themselves.” 

Deb Dagit – Diversity & Disability Expert   

Christopher MacLellan – Caregiving Tools 

Robbie Samuels – Relationship Expert 

Amy Waninger – Diversity Speaker

Southlake Podcast – Hosted by NBC News, “Southlake” tells the story of how this idyllic city, and its local school board election, became the poster child for a new political strategy with national repercussions. 

Backwards Planning Template – Template by Lindsay Beth Lyons to get started with justice-centered curriculum design

Lindsay Beth Lyons’ racial and gender justice and student leadership – To help teachers design engaging project-based curricula, foster student voice in schools, and work for gender and racial justice. 

Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University – “The science of early childhood is a source of new ideas that could be used to develop more effective policies & services focused on the early years of life.” Check out this site for excellent resources and activities.

The Psychology of Emotional and Cognitive Empathy – Study from Lesley University

THE ACES QUIZ – The Adverse Childhood Experiences, or “ACEs,” quiz asks a series of 10 questions (see below) about common traumatic experiences that occur in early life. Since higher numbers of ACEs often correlate to challenges later in life, including higher risk of certain health problems, the quiz is intended as an indicator of how likely a person might be to face these challenges.

 The Caregiver’s Bill Of Rights and the Caregiver’s Pocket Card from the Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project

Social-Emotional Learning: What Is SEL and Why SEL Matters – Video from the Committee for Children

University of Michigan Inclusive Teaching – An excellent resource for group and classroom activities providing innovative teaching methods and tools that foster success for students through inclusive teaching practices.

What School Could Be – a community-powered platform offering educators excellent professional development.

The Honeycomb Project – The Honeycomb Project engages, mobilizes, and inspires whole families to build strong and connected communities through service. Live programs take place in Chicago, but the Honeycomb project also has a virtual volunteer program designed to uplift and mobilize kids during these uncertain times.

Moms Against Racism – a member based non-profit organization that is operated throughout the USA. Their mission is to unify parenting skills while teaching anti-racism by doing the work, starting at home.

Seeds of Caring – Engages children ages 2-12—our future leaders—through a variety of service, social action, and community-building experiences. From racism to homelessness, they don’t shy away from the tough stuff. Instilling kindness and empathy from the earliest age, Seeds of Caring helps kids see and understand the needs in their community, then develop the social-emotional skills and confidence to make a difference. Partnering with over 40 non-profit organizations in the Central Ohio area, they connect caring children and families with service and community-building opportunities focused on: Homelessness & Hunger, Systemic Racism, Stigmas Surrounding Developmental Disabilities and LGBTQ+, Senior Isolation & Loneliness, and Environmental Care

Rise Up, Sing Out – Animated, music-based shorts from Disney provide an inspiring and empowering message about race, culture and community, celebrate differences, and provide a framework for conversation.