Picture books can play a powerful role in children’s lives. The images and words convey a compelling story and message that have the potential to leave lasting impressions. In recent years, there’s been an explosion of children’s books about identity, diversity and social justice. Books for children about historical topics like enslavement, the Holocaust, the Japanese-American internment, voting rights, segregation, and genocide are readily available. There are also many excellent books about current event topics including immigration and the refugee crisis, racial justice, transgender rights, marriage equality, activism and more. These books help open the doors to their conversations with information, insight and sensitivity.
Join ADL for an engaging webinar on how books can be used to kick off a social studies unit, provide the groundwork for both historical and literary analysis, build empathy, and identify questions for further research. These compelling picture books can be used for children of all ages. This session will provide information, context and teaching ideas for using these books in the classroom and will also explore the impact of anti- CRT state legislation on these works of literature.