- Why social justice and activism are important for kids
- Little Feminist
- A is for Activist
- We March
- Separate is Never Equal
Social justice can be a topic that is often misunderstood. It has both positive and sometimes negative connotations, depending on who you ask. This is why it’s important to define and explain what social justice means to avoid stereotypes and misconceptions.
When it comes to children, explaining equality and social challenges of the past and present will help kids in the long run. This will help them become more understanding and conscious in social situations.
Books are an important part of the yearly school supply list. So if you feel like you want to boost your child’s knowledge at home, we’ve compiled a reading list of child friendly books that explain some interesting social justice concepts in an approachable way.
🏃♀️Why social justice and activism are important for kids
First things first: Why is social justice important for kids? Well, there are a few reasons. A lot of the time, school bullying can be attributed not only to misunderstandings between kids, but underlying social issues like class, gender and race.
Teaching principles of equality and history in an approachable way will help your children understand the struggles of other people and be more understanding and kind. On top of that, even kids need to know what's going on in the world to a certain degree.
Providing a learning perspective where kids can think a bit more critically will benefit them tremendously. It is also important to teach them that social justice is not about bringing other people down, but about striving for diversity, equality and fairness.
👩🎓 Little Feminist
Our first recommendation is Little Feminist. This one is one of our favorite children’s book sets! All about teaching equality and empathy- which are the main missions of the books.
These books showcase strong women who have had some form of historical impact. These are great as they teach history while also reminding us that strong women are everywhere and deserve our respect. What's more, these books inspire both boys and girls to be themselves and treat others with dignity and respect.
📔You can find the Little Feminist box set here.
🔠 A is for Activist
A fantastic choice for the younger kids, A is for Activist is your typical ABC book with a progressive twist. All about the ways we can improve our political climate, the book goes from A to Z with bright, colourful images and inspiring messages about class, sexual orientation, body positivity, diversity and more.
As AK Press puts it:
“For families who want their kids to grow up in a space that is unapologetic about activism, environmental justice, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and everything else that activists believe in and fight for.”
This book is 100% kid friendly with rhythmic rhymes and easy to understand words, so there's no need to worry that it might be too much.
📔Find the book here.
💪🏾 We March
We March is a book telling the story of one family in Washington during the civil rights movement in the United States. It talks about how Black churches played a pivotal role in the movement.
Organisations of communities and support systems helped fuel the movement and church leaders were often at the forefront of this. Although children often get taught about the racial inequality that was prevalent in the American south, it is still important to read stories that show a different perspective and offer new insights.
📔Read We March here.
📢 Separate is Never Equal
This brave story is about a girl and her family who are trying to end school segregation in California. Many kids often dread going to school but aren't aware of how privileged they are.
This book offers the perspective of what it truly meant to be separated in school and not being able to go to school like every other child. You might notice that your child finds this unbelievable or difficult to grasp.
Kids are naturally open to other kids and want to have fun! Reading about the difficulties other kids have faced in the past will open their minds and hearts even more!
📔Find more information about this book and other books on the subject of social justice here.
Reading is both educational and inspirational! We hope you liked these book tips! If your children need some extra reading and writing tips, why not book a trial lesson with one of our experienced tutors at GoStudent? They are here for you, from wherever, to help.