A Statement

The Spark Arts for Children stands in solidarity with the black communities in the US, the UK and across the world. We stand together in calling for justice for George Floyd and many others. We use our voice to speak out against injustice and racism.

Cultural diversity is at the heart of The Spark - the art we make, the people we make it with and the audiences we reach. We strive to do better for the communities we serve. We check and challenge our own power and privilege, and ensure our work truthfully reflects and represents the lived experiences of children.

We have no doubt that recent events and protests will be sparking questions from children about racism. These conversations are opportunities to seek understanding, to explore themes relevant to our lives and for children to learn about themselves and the world they live in, the first steps in raising an anti racist child.

We wanted to share some useful resources to help children to understand racism, and support their adults in having this important conversation with them. We can all make a difference to the lives of our children and we hope these resources are helpful to you.

#BlackLivesMatter

Resources

BookTrust - Anti-racism is for everyone. Let's have the the conversation with all our children
https://www.booktrust.org.uk/news-and-features/features/2020/january/anti-racism-is-for-everyone-lets-have-the-conversation-with-all-our-children/

Evening Standard - Books and resources to help kids understand racism
https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/books/books-and-resources-to-help-kids-understand-racism-a4458241.html

Parent Toolkit - How to Talk to Kids about Race and Racism
https://www.parenttoolkit.com/social-and-emotional-development/advice/social-awareness/how-to-talk-to-kids-about-race-and-racism

Embrace Race - Looking for Excellent "Diverse" Books for Children
https://www.embracerace.org/resources/where-to-find-diverse-childrens-books?fbclid=IwAR02ypvK8_DsRYN0P_-smFEhr2uXv6sn_tEC0AOkbB1lwZKhWnNvQeO7QiA

Google Books - Antiracist Baby
https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Antiracist_Baby.html?id=nIbnDwAAQBAJ