Children, Youth and Family Resources
What We Believe
Prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race is contrary to the Word of God. God’s love extends equally to ALL people.
Children and Race
It is never too early to start talking about race. By 6 months of age babies are noticing racial differences; by age 2-3, they have begun to show racial bias. It is imperative we teach our children anti-racists ideas and talk about race early and often.
Encourage your children to ask questions, share observations and experiences and be respectfully curious about race. Be a good listener. “I wonder” questions and responses are helpful. You don’t have to be an expert on race – be honest about what you know and don’t know.
Develop racial cultural literacy by learning about and respecting others. And model that for your children. Be honest in age appropriate ways about bigotry and oppression. Model how to have difficult and uncomfortable conversations.
Race is a topic you should come back to again and again in many different ways.
Creating safe spaces for children to explore the topic of race is more important than ever, given the current political and cultural climate, where these issues are highly visible. This list is just a place you may start. Here are just a few of the many resources available to you.
Tips and Approaches from Articles on the Web
Be intentional and diligent about bringing in other stories that show multiple facets of various races, ethnicities, and identities.
The Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners is a great place to start.
Something Happened in Our Town, by Marianne Celano, Marrietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard
Let the Children March, by Monica Clark-Robinson
Books – Youth
The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
Just Mercy (Adapted Young Adult Version), by Bryan Stevenson
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, by Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kend