A list of children’s books on preschool, racism, and kindergarten diversity has gone viral, as anti-racist titles are the best-selling charts this week amid nationwide protests over George Floyd’s murder and police brutality.
27-year-old Brittany Smith from New Jersey started a helpful one Twitter thread on Monday with some of her favorite children’s books at a time when white people across the country are trying to educate themselves and their children about race.
“The teacher in me had to do this … CHILDREN BOOKS THAT DISCUSS RACE & RACISM THREAD,” she tweeted, then kicked off her list with a picture book biography of civil rights activist Malcolm X.
Teach Others: Brittany Smith, 27, from New Jersey, started a useful Twitter thread on Monday with some of her favorite children’s books on race, racism, and diversity
Spreading the word: Kindergarten teachers list went viral after more than 194,000 people retweeted it
Written by his daughter Ilyasah Shabazz, Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X gives readers a glimpse into his childhood and the hardships he has overcome to become a prominent leader in the fight against racial injustice .
Some of the books on Smith’s historical profile profiles, including Andrea Davis Pinkney’s ‘Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters’ and Carole Boston Weatherford’s ‘Schomburg: The Man Who Build a Library’.
One of the most current titles on the list – “Something Happened in Our City: A Child’s Story of Racial Injustice” by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins and Ann Hazzard – follows a white family and a black family as they police – discuss shooting of a black man in their community.
Smith has added a variety of books featuring people of different races and religions covering topics such as the Holocaust, deportation, poverty and the Dakota Access Pipeline protests.
Important Read: Smith started her list with ‘Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X’, a picture book biography of the civil rights activist
Lifelike Heroes: Some of the Books on Smith’s List Profile Historical Figures
Distressing Choice: Another Timely Recommendation, “Something Happened in Our City: A Child’s Story of Racial Injustice,” Discusses a Police Shot of a Black Man
Another good one: Smith’s tweet inspired fans to share their own favorites in the comments, including Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry
Discussion: The teacher updated her list of recommendations she missed
In just a few days, Smith’s post has been retweeted over 194,000 times and inspired fans to share their own favorites in the comments, including Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry.
This discusses our community and relationship with her. Idk how I forgot to post this because I like it so much, ”Smith replied. “Thanks to the person who added this in a comment, I can’t find your handle, I’m sorry!”
Smith later revealed that she plans to release her own children’s book next year, looking for black illustrators to connect with. Her news was received so well that she received one Support me page to fund the self-publication of her upcoming book.
“I got so much positive feedback, it was incredible,” she tweeted. “Many of you have asked me if I can send money to help me publish my own book. I was convinced that this would be a good step for me. ‘
Smith is one of many activists who shared recommended race reading lists for people of all ages this week. Not only have the lists surfaced online, but people also seem to take them seriously.
Future author: Smith has revealed that she is a budding children’s book writer herself
“Watch Me!”: After the success of her list, she shared her plans to release her own book next year
Crowdsourcing: Brittany used her platform to try to find a black illustrator for her book
Next step: Her news was so well received that she started a Go Fund Me page to fund the self-publishing of her upcoming book
Helping Others: Smith said she also works with her school to see if they can create additional funds for families affected by the coronavirus pandemic
“White Fragility: Why It’s so hard for whites to talk about racism” by Robin DiAngelo and “How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi” are currently Amazon’s number one and two books sold, respectively.
Many of the bestsellers are so sought after that they are temporarily out of stock on Amazon and in stores across the country.
“Given today’s climate and our struggle for justice, I want parents, teachers, grandparents, aunts / uncles and anyone who comes into regular contact with children to be aware that there are resources that can help the conversations about race and racism to start, ”said Smith. told BuzzFeed News from her curated list.
“There is a misconception that they are too young and don’t understand, but they do! They just don’t always have the tools to express it. ‘
TEACHER LIST WITH CHILDREN’S BOOKS ON RACE AND RACISM