Our children get messages about race on the playground, at home and in the news. They might need help processing what they experience. To help community members navigate these conversations, Denver Public Library's Read. Awareness. Dialogue. Action. (R.A.D.A.) book group has developed a series of discussion-based workshops on talking with kids about race. Participants are welcome to drop in for one event, or attend them all. A children's activity, ideal for ages 3-8, accompanies each workshop.
Already, we're inspired by the courage and connection we've witnessed at these events. Here's what participants have to say about what they value from the experience:
- "I feel more confident as a parent to tackle these tough conversations with my kids."
- "[The] experience of being in a session with those of various races sharing their experiences and feelings."
- "Thank you for making a difficult topic very comfortable to talk about!"
- "...amazing and practical."
- "Having a rare cross-racial space to talk about these issues."
If you can't make it, you can still discover strategies and resources for kids and adults below. Scroll down to place holds on children's books, and place holds on books for adults here.