Happy Wednesday, friends!
It’s LET’S LOOK!
Once a month, Erika and I do a little link up where we “look” at different aspects of our lives (and then if you blog, you share and link up too!).
Here’s what we’ve been “looking” at so far this year…
In January, we looked at our bedside tables.
In February, we looked at our winter wardrobe.
In March, we looked at what’s inside our bags.
In April, we looked at how we typically celebrate Easter.
In May, we looked at our weekend.
And today, we’re looking at how we can make sure we’re encouraging racial diversity at home.
I have really been trying to absorb, retain and implement so much information over the last week to ensure my family is encouraging racial equality in and outside of our home. So many of you have shared resources with me through emails and DMs, but today, I’m hoping we can collect even more info in the comment section to make it easier for people to review it all.
Today, I thought I could share all of the books that were suggested to me last week in one easy to find place and then I’m hoping you guys share podcasters, other authors, TV shows we can watch as a family, movies, etc so that we make sure we’re not limiting ourselves, but branching out more. I’m also going to share the books my kids have been reading this week too (because you know how much I love to talk about BOOKS!).
Last week, I asked you for your suggestions for racially diverse books for kids around 10 to 12 years old, and these were the top recs. Now, I want to stress that so many of you love these books, but also strongly advised me to read them beforehand in case it’s too mature for your kiddo, so please take that into consideration.
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
The Last Last-Day-of-Summer by Lamar Giles
The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
Blended by Sharon M. Draper
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely
Stella by Starlight by
Just Mercy (adapted for young adults) by Bryan Stevenson
The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser
I actually sat down with my kids, and we went through this list for them to pick out some new books to read this month too. Kensington picked out Blended and The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street as her first two choices, so hopefully after she reads them, I can add them to my June Book Review later this month. She was super excited about both. I bought this one for my little girls…
…A is for Awesome!: 23 Iconic Women Who Changed The World because we already have an extensive collection of the “Little Leaders” books over here that my girls adore, so I thought this would complement that quite nicely.
Now Smith…well, I’ve mentioned this before, but Smith realllllllllly wants to read adult John Grisham books.
I’ve read almost all of John Grisham’s books myself and love them, but I know they’re filled with a lot of heavy topics that are not meant for little readers, BUT last week, he kept asking to read A Time To Kill (because it was Grisham’s first book) and go ahead and label me a bad mom, but I thought to myself if my kid really wants to read this book, which is very much about racism and racial divide, and we can talk through it together, then why should I stop him?
He’s devouring it.
Andrew, Smith and I have had so many amazing conversations as he reads the book (and I kind of read along with him on my own) that we never would have had if I would have told him no. I am for SURE not telling you that your kid should read A Time to Kill, but my kid has really grown a lot from reading it. When he’s done, he says he wants to read Ghost Boys next.
So, there’s a little bit about how books have impacted my family this last week, now, it’s your turn! If there are shows on Netflix, movies, podcasts, other books…WHATEVER we should be consuming over here at our house, please comment and let me (and everyone else!) know. I am just certain you guys have some great recommendations.
…we’re looking at our summer wardrobes!
See you guys tomorrow! xo