February 05, 2021
While most kids will learn about important Black historical figures in school, Black History Month is also an excellent time to talk about race and diversity at home. Talking about race might be difficult, but it's an important topic, and the conversation should start sooner than you think!
In fact, according to healthychildren.org, babies as early as three-months-old can notice racial differences in the people around them. By age 8, children are aware of social norms and can express bias in subtler forms. By age 12, many children are set in racially-biased thoughts, actions, and decisions.
We have included a list of books, by age, you can find at the library, online, or your local bookstore. Read the book together, or have your child read it to you, and ask them what they learned about the characters. Encourage questions, and discuss any ideas or thoughts they have about the different races represented.
Infant – PreK
This information is just the beginning. There are many ways for you and your family to learn more about Black people who made a difference in your community, state, and country. Keep these essential conversations about race going as your child gets older and learns more about the world around them.