Fun and Educational Toys for Young Children: My Family Builders

My Family Builders is a fun, educational toy for young children, and was our most liked product this month! The box includes cards with pictures of different families–same sex, inter-racial, and single parent families–that serves as a tool to help adults engage in conversations about the beauty in different families. This is definitely a fav. of my two and four-year-old!

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To Pimp a Butterfly: Teaching Kendrick Lamar’s New Album

In the spirit of celebrating Kendrick Lamar’s epic performance at the Grammys, you must grab this brilliant literary lesson I found at Brian Mooney’s website. The lesson uses Kendrick’s album, To Pimp A Butterfly‬, to help high schoolers develop a critical lens by drawing political and historical connections between his album and the literary text, ‪The Bluest Eye‬, by Toni MorrisonContinue reading “To Pimp a Butterfly: Teaching Kendrick Lamar’s New Album”

6 Diverse Children’s Cartoons (Where the Main Character Isn’t Necessarily White)

A few years ago, the Huffington Post published 6 Diverse Children’s Cartoons (Where the Main Character Isn’t Necessarily White) highlighting our previously mentioned Bino and Fino as well as the following five animations: The 99, Burka Avenger, Ni Hao Kai-Lan, Sara Solves It, and Maya and Miguel.   Continue reading “6 Diverse Children’s Cartoons (Where the Main Character Isn’t Necessarily White)”

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

“Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance.” 

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Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?

“Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” by Dr. Beverly Tatum is my favorite book to gift for parents-to-be.  Tatum shares research around the factors that impact racial identity development in youth and ways adults can support the development of healthy racial identities from early childhood to adulthood.

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