Antiracism, Social Justice, and Peace Resources for Children
Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee
prepared by Alvin R. Blount for September 2022
Costs may vary depending on where items are purchased.
Also, the following resources can be circulated at the Children’s Diversity & Justice Library, Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, Room H
2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919.
All are welcome
Coming to America: The Story of Immigration
-Susannah Ryan, illustrator
-description: People arrived on American soil thousands of years before Christopher Columbus’s famous voyage in 1492. By the mid-1800s, so many had immigrated to the US that in 1892, an office was opened on Ellis Island to document new arrivals, with laws later passed to limit new arrivals. Immigrants continue to come to America from countries worldwide in search of a better way of life through determination, struggle, hope, and the desire to contribute positively to this nation.
Maestro, B. (1996). Coming to America: The Story of Immigration. Scholastic Press.
Navajo: Visions and Voices Across the Mesa
-description: Begay, a Navajo artist/writer combines his reflections on childhood memories, good and bad, and tribal rituals of Navajo land and culture to give young people insight into the souls of his people with colorful illustrations.
Begay, S. (1995). Navajo: Visions and Voices Across the Mesa. Scholastic.
I Can Make a Difference: A Treasury to Inspire Our Children
-Marian Wright Edelman
-Barry Moser, illustrations
-description: Civil rights activist and founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, Edelman has drawn from a variety of people and their cultures to introduce young readers to some stories, poems, folktales, and songs. These cultural gems will let other children know how they, too, can make a difference in society.
Edelman, M. W. (2005). I Can Make a Difference: A Treasury to Inspire Our Children. HarperCollins.
Peace is an Offering
-Stephanie Graegin, illustrator
-description: A group of neighborhood children find love and peace in everyday things such as the sunlight or cookies shared with friends. This resource will assist care givers and teachers in helping young readers to find calm and peace in their respective communities when tragedy may strike.
LeBox, A. (2015). Peace is an Offering. Dial Books.