Talking to Kids About Race

Children encounter diversity on a regular basis in their interactions at home, in school, or around their neighborhood. Another way that children learn about the world around them and other cultures is through the social messages found in stories. Stories help children understand how society perceives their culture as well as the cultures of other families, thereby influencing their social and identity development. One place that children can interact with stories on a regular basis is the library. Libraries are for everyone and at the Waukesha Public Library we strive to provide access to a wide range of diverse materials. In light of recent events, we are committed to providing you with resources to help educate and inform on the issues of racism. Here are some suggestions that will help you talk to your kids about race. Please take the time to challenge yourself today and pick one of these resources and talk about it with family and friends. Let’s take the time to understand each other better!