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Black Girl Magic: 33 Picture Books Featuring Black Female Protagonists

There are so many wonderful picture books that feature strong, Black females as the main protagonist. Little girls can read about heroines from the past and present who have emerged as role models for all children. They can explore nonfiction books about famous female inventors who have contributed to society. Or they can enjoy stories about everyday...

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A Lesson Plan for Independence Day, the Fourth of July What Fundamental Ideas about Government Do Americans Share?

Introduction “Educate and inform the whole mass of the people…they are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” —Thomas Jefferson “No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but…by frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.” —George Mason Independence Day, commonly referred to as the Fourth of July,...

Kids need to talk about George Floyd, protests and racism. With coronavirus school closures, it’s hard to do.
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Kids need to talk about George Floyd, protests and racism. With coronavirus school closures, it’s hard to do.

In times of great political and social upheaval, schools often serve as a protected space outside the home for students to wrestle with difficult concepts, guided by an educated professional. But those conversations are hard to have right now. To start, there's a pandemic, and school buildings are closed. It's also the end of the academic term. Not to mention the ongoing hurdle: Many teachers are uncomfortable talking about race and racism, especially racism against black Americans.

All Ages  Books and Resources to Help You Raise Anti-Racist Children
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All Ages Books and Resources to Help You Raise Anti-Racist Children

We’ve complied reading resources for parents and educators — from how to talk to your kids about protests to understanding white privilege — as well as ways you can support Black-owned bookstores, bloggers, and donate to organizations that fight for Black lives. Black Lives Matter, and it’s vital that we become more educated and act, with and for our children.

Dissent Is Patriotic 50 Books About Girls & Women Who Fought for Change
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Dissent Is Patriotic 50 Books About Girls & Women Who Fought for Change

When people think about what it means to love their country, some assume patriotism requires unwavering support, and that questioning or disagreeing with their government's choices is unpatriotic, disruptive, and even dangerous. But the truth is that dissent makes countries stronger: when citizens demand the best from their leaders and their countries — justice, accountability in government, and equal rights for all — everyone benefits. In fact, throughout history, progress for every country has come from people's willingness to stand up for what they believe in and insist on being heard, even if their beliefs counter those of the people in power. In other words, dissent isn't distracting or divisive: it's patriotic!

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