YOUR ACTIONS MATTER

We can raise kind and socially conscious kids. But we have to put in the work. Here’s some places to start:

  • Ready to smash the kyriarchy? And learn what the kyriarchy is? Check out Books for Littles (BFL)  where you will learn all about raising the next generation of kind and brilliant humans…one. book. at a time! Ashia Ray, the leader of Raising Luminaries and BFL, is seriously the best ever – a good friend and fierce oppression smashing mama and activist.
  • Are you an educator who believes in teaching social justice and supporting every single one of your students? Do you need support? Join the Student Ignition Society (SIS), a subgroup of Raising Luminaries and Books for Littles. In this group, we are learning, through collaborative action, how to be the conscious teachers our kids need. Oh yes, and I’m proud to be the Dean of Rebellious Educators for this fabulous group. Part of our work includes creating accessible toolkits for parents, teachers, and caregivers to help them tackle difficult topics.
  • Wee the People (WTP) is a Boston-based social justice project for children ages 4-12. Launched in 2015 by two Black mothers, WTP organizes free, interactive workshops and events that explore activism, resistance, and social action through the visual and performing arts: music, dance/movement, theater, graphic arts, spoken word, and storytelling.
  • A Striving Parent’s blog on how preserving her white child’s innocence was an act of white supremacy was the first step in actively recognizing my actions and how they connect with my white privilege and internalized white supremacy. Although Shannon isn’t as active now on her blog because of other in person activist things, it’s a source of wealth for parents who wish to raise kind and conscious kids.
  • The word “neurodiversity” refers to the diversity of human brains. The neurodiversity paradigm supports kids with learning and attention differences (e.g., ADHD and autism) to view the way their brains think and experience the world as completely natural. It also supports them to view their challenges as something they need support in only because society is designed for neurotypical (average) brains. Check out the Neurodivergent Narwhals created by autism activist Lei Wiley Mydske for more information.
  • Reflection Press produces materials that support a strong sense of individuality along with a community model of real inclusion. Our materials teach social awareness, critical thinking skills, as well as provide much needed reflection and respect. Their books are BOSS and so is the curriculum, pronoun cards, and pretty much anything that Maya & Matthew create.
  • Tiffany M. Jewell from Anti-Bias Montessori is dedicated to empowering teachers, students, and families to learn more about their own social identities and grow into their anti-racist selves, Tiffany uses the lens of a liberatory consciousness to guide the work she shares with others. She’s created a 250+ page anti-bias anti-racist curriculum framework that is carefully aligned with the Montessori philosophy. Her first book, This Book is Anti-Racist is coming out in January 2020.
  • The Little Feminist Book Club subscription box is so. so. good. They strive to curate books that encourage kids to be exactly who they are, while cultivating empathy and helping caregivers raise little feminists!
  • Head on over to Mamademics where you’ll meet Danielle Slaughter. Mamademics chronicles Danielle’s life as she attempts to balance her roles as a wife, mother, and academic. You will also find advocacy and social justice related resources for parents and kids.
  • Bharat Babies creates kids books about India with a story for everyone. Before her child was born, founder Sailaja Joshi searched for books about her Indian culture. Upon reading the few stories that existed, Sailaja realized that many of them were inappropriate or worse, insensitive. So Sailaja set out to change home libraries.
  • American Indians in Children’s Literature, run by Debbie Reese and Jean Mendoza, provides critical perspectives and analysis of indigenous peoples in children’s and young adult books, the school curriculum, popular culture, and society. This is a must know resource for parents and educators seeking to center Indigenous voices in their books at home as well as in the classroom. You will also find reviews of problematic books.