What it is: Parents, kids, and their community to come together and talk about Black Lives Matter and other racial justice issues through stories and play. This can be organized once, or as a regular event.
What you need: Children’s books (check out some good lists from Teaching For Change or Oakland Public Library) and/or activities for kids (bubbles, sidewalk chalk, coloring sheets, and/or crafts). Also, think of an action ask to share, like writing a letter, joining an event, or making a donation to people of color led organizing (some suggestions here). Some story time groups like We Stories have books that grownups read together also.
- Find a book store, library, school, or community space to host.
- Pick a date and time. If you want it to be re-occurring, decide how often. You may also consider having one and surveying attendees about how often the event should happen in your community.
- Pick your format. See the story below for one way to coordinate. You may decide to have someone read one or two books out loud depending on the ages, book selections, and topics.
- Offer additional activities like sidewalk chalk, coloring sheets, discussion questions, or crafts that can help kids and caregivers continue the conversation.
- Provide an opportunity for action. This could include writing letters or decorating postcards to decision makers, attend a SURJ meeting, donate to a Black led organizing group, joining a vigil, or hosting a houseparty.
Racial Justice Story Time
Denver hosted our first Racial Justice Story Time in June. Our topic was Immigrant and Refugee rights. We decided to set out a wide selection of books that were appropriate for multiple age levels that allowed for attendees to read books as a family, in small groups, or alone. We set out bubbles, coloring pages, and sidewalk chalk. Most of the people who came had never been to one of our meetings, and we were able to have really great discussion.
It was scheduled randomly, but happened to be on the morning we woke up to the news about the Pulse Night Club shooting where many Latinx LGBTQ people were killed or wounded. Most of the families were queer, and it was also a nurturing place to be on such a sad morning.
This page is a part of the "Four Family Centered Actions You Can Take For Black Lives Matter (and Four Others You Shouldn’t)" toolkit. Join the Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Families Facebook page for ongoing resources and an anti-racist community.