Something Happened in Our Town follows two families — one White, one Black — as they discuss a police shooting of a Black man in their community. The story aims to answer children's questions about such traumatic events, and to help children identify and counter racial injustice in their own lives.
Includes an extensive Note to Parents and Caregivers with guidelines for discussing race and racism with children, child-friendly definitions, and sample dialogues.
Free, downloadable educator materials (including discussion questions) are available at American Psychological Association, www.apa.org.
From the Note to Parents and Caregivers:
Despite some parents’ attempts to protect their children from frightening media content, children often become aware of incidents of community violence, including police shootings. Parents who don’t proactively talk about racial issues with their children are inadvertently teaching their children that race is a taboo topic.
Research has shown that children even as young as three years of age notice and comment on differences in skin color. Humans of all ages tend to ascribe positive qualities to the group that they belong to and negative qualities to other groups. Parents who want to raise children to accept individuals from diverse cultures need to counter negative attitudes that their children develop from exposure to the negative racial stereotypes that persist in our society.
Hardcover 40 pages, Preschool age