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Starting a Conversation: Children’s Books on Race

Although many individuals argue that the way to improve race relations is to teach our children to be more aware of racial discrimination and be more open and accepting of difference, many parents choose to delay or avoid conversations about race with their children. Each year the students in Dr. Eisen’s Critical Race Theory course carefully and intentionally create children’s books that can stimulate a conversation about race with children. Critical race scholarship not only informs the storyline, but also deeply shapes the production of the books, as students consistently reflect upon their work throughout the production process to ensure that racial myths and stereotypes are not being perpetuated. It is not expected that this collection of books will solve race relations problems, but it is the intention that the books in this collection will help start the conversation about race and race relations to work towards a more just and equitable society.