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FOR THE KIDS: Books and Films

FOR THE KIDS: If you have little ones, chances are they’ve asked you about the recents events surrounding the#BlackLivesMattermovement. As highlighted in yesterday’s Town Hall meeting hosted by@SesameStreetand@CNN, it is equally difficult to answer these questions let alone introduce them.

Here’s some children’s books and animated films to help parents, teachers and anyone who interacts with kids, get the conversation started. **All these books have be found on YouTube for read alongs**


  • "We're Different, We're the Same" by Bobbi Kates**

  • "Let's Talk About Race" by Julius Lester**

  • "A is for Activist "by Innosanto Nagara**

  • "Hair Love" by Matthew A. Cherry**

  • "Sulwe" by Lupita Nyongo, Vashti Harrison**


  • "A Bug's Life" (Available on Disney +, Amazon Prime, YouTube TV)

    • If you check the attic of most 90's kids, you'll most likely find this VHS among many Disney classics.Based on Aesop's fable "The Ant and the Grasshopper", A Bug's Life follows Flik's journey of mobilizing his colony to stand up to the long-standing tyranny of the grasshoppers.

What happens when systems that have been in place for generations, are challenged?

  • "Zootopia"( (Available on Disney +, Amazon Prime, YouTube TV)

    • In Zootopia, an animal can be anything they want to be. cAn optimistic rabbit committed to making the world a better place, teams up with a cunning fox to solve the mystery of why the city's citizens have gone missing.In classic Disney fashion, there are tons of references to pop culture riddled throughout the film making this as much for adults as it is for kids. 

What happens when natural sworn enemies team up to challenge the status quo?

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