We partner with libraries, schools, children's museums, and community organizations around the country to promote access to children's books centering underrepresented and oppressed groups. Some of our recent and ongoing partnerships include:
The Children’s Museum of Art and Social Justice (CMASJ) is an innovative museum where the public can experience contemporary art created by Chicago youth alongside working international artists with a dedication to highlighting civil and social/human rights issues. The mission of the museum is to act as a voice for individuals whose perspectives are often omitted from the mainstream dialogue. We seek to showcase their artistic explorations of social injustices and to inspire action toward political and social change. Since the opening of the CMASJ, they noticed that many of the educators, parents, and caregivers that visited us were looking for resources to teach and talk to their children about the social issues that their exhibitions were addressing. The Conscious Kid is honored to curate and provide children's books to complement the exhibitions and support these conversations. For more on the partnership, please visit: https://cmasj.org/about/museum-library/
Brooklyn Children’s Museum (BCM) works to ensure that all children have access to cultural learning opportunities that build empathy, encourage creative thought and problem solving, and inspire global citizenship. They believe in the power of culture to help children and families find comfort, resilience and stimulation. They hosted a series of booklists curated by The Conscious Kid, to promote multicultural literacy, anti-bias and empowerment through access to diverse children’s books. All of the books support their commitment to cultural learning and were made available to read at BCM each month.
Moms of Black Boys United provides information and support for moms of Black sons and promotes positive images of Black boys and men. The organization is dedicated to changing perceptions, encouraging self-care, and fostering understanding of the plight of Black boys and men in America by telling their stories, celebrating their accomplishments, and connecting them to opportunities. The group supports moms by encouraging strong family and community connections and sharing information that empowers them to navigate all of the institutions that interact with, influence, and impact our sons. The Conscious Kid curated a list of 25 children’s books celebrating Black boys, in partnership with Moms of Black Boys United. These books center, reflect, and affirm Black boys, and were written and illustrated by Black authors and artists.
Raising Race Conscious Children is an education organization that provides direct supports to parents and teachers who are trying to talk about race and diversity with children. They provide resources and trainings to support adults and are committed to preparing young people to work toward racial justice. The Conscious Kid curated a list of 26 Children's Books to Support Conversations on Race, Racism, and Resistance, in partnership with Raising Race Conscious Children. Beyond addressing issues of race and racism, this children’s reading list focuses on taking action. It highlights resistance, resilience and activism; and seeks to empower youth to participate in the ongoing movement for racial justice.
Line 4 Line is a barbershop literacy and mentorship program in Baton Rouge that offers free haircuts every month to kids ages 2-16 who read while they are at the barbershop. They promote book access and reading all month long through a lending library, little free libraries, and a book club. Line 4 Line fosters and strengthens literacy, creates positive attitudes towards books, provides relatable role models and gets great free books into the hands of children. The Conscious Kid is honored to be partnered with Line 4 Line to curate monthly book lists and book club selections.
In an effort to increase the number of diverse children's and teen books written by African American authors, #Bisonwrite published "The Mecca Is Me", a collection of short stories written by students and alumni of Howard University. In the year of Howard's Sesquicentennial Anniversary, the book honors The Mecca's rich 150 year old legacy and engages the next generation of youth to be its future. It answers questions about the value and continued relevance of HBCU's and is entirely created, written, and illustrated by Howard alumni and students. The Conscious Kid is a proud community partner in supporting and promoting #Bisonwrite.
American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL) provides critical perspectives and analysis of Indigenous peoples in children’s and young adult books, the school curriculum, popular culture, and society. The Conscious Kid has partnered with AICL on an Indigenous Reads by Indigenous Writers book list that was licensed and published by Upworthy as "13 Recommended Reads to Diversify Your Kids' Bookshelves", and a book list on Antiracist Activism.
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