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Guide for Selecting Anti-Bias Children's Books

Read and share these guidelines for selecting books for young children that support the development of a healthy self-image and positive attitudes about people different from themselves.. Read more.

Teaching Young Children About Race

Recent events— including the #BlackLivesMatter movement, the Charleston church shooting, and the debate over the Confederate flag— have led many parents and teachers to seek out resources to address issues of race and inequality with young children. We share with you here an excerpt from the book Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves. Read more.

2015 Summer Reading List

At Teaching for Change, we are proud of our carefully selected booklists that highlight titles by and about people of color as well as social justice themes. Unfortunately, this is not the industry norm. In the last 10 years, fewer than 10% of children's books published in the U.S. were by or about people of color. This year's New York Times Summer Reading List... Read more.

Teaching for Change Bookstore Memories

On this 25th anniversary of Teaching for Change and 10th anniversary of our bookstore, we are passing on the operations of the bookstore at 14th & V to Busboys and Poets partner Politics and Prose. As we prepare to end our operation of the bookstore at 14th & V, we are collecting testimonials and memories about the store, favorite books, author events... Read more.

Teaching for Change Bookstore at Busboys and Poets to Close

In this 10th anniversary since the founding of Busboys and Poets at 14th and V Streets NW in D.C. with Teaching for Change as the partner on the bookstore, both organizations are poised to celebrate anniversaries, expand, and make a major transition. “Teaching for Change is celebrating ten years of our... Read more.

A Gift for Ellington: The Books We've Read

As a young child I became a voracious reader. I don’t remember a time when my mother did not read to me. Then she and I began to make weekly trips to the library as I got older. It was the best time of the week bar none. Finally, I grew old enough to go by myself which I did frequently. While I remember... Read more.

Bookstore Highlights 2014

Here are some highlights from the year 2014 at Teaching for Change’s indie bookstore at Busboys and Poets (14th&V). Next year we will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the bookstore and the 25th anniversary of Teaching for Change. Read more.

Indies First on Small Business Saturday

For the holiday 2014 season, bestselling author Neil Gaiman and musician-author Amanda Palmer called upon their fellow authors to get behind Indies First and volunteer at independent bookstores around the country on Saturday, November 29th. As part of this Indies First Movement, authors Derrick Weston Brown, Todd Miller, Phyllis Bennis and... Read more.

Hurston/Wright Foundation 13th Annual Legacy Award Winners

The Hurston/Wright Foundation has announced the winners for the 2014 Legacy Awards in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry at the 13th annual Legacy Award Ceremony. The Legacy Awards have recognized literary and arts achievement in the black diaspora for almost a quarter century. The award winners are listed... Read more.

Hurston/Wright Foundation 13th Annual Legacy Award

The Hurston/Wright Foundation has announced the nominations for the 2014 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. A winner and two finalists in each category will be honored at the 13th annual Legacy Award Ceremony on Friday, October 24, at the Carnegie Library in Washington, D.C... Read more.

Rush Limbaugh Calls Teaching for Change Racist for Promoting Diverse Children’s Books

In the last five years, only 10% of children’s books published were about people of color despite the fact that 37% of the U.S. population are people of color. Rush Limbaugh found out that Teaching for Change is trying to challenge this disparity and he is hopping mad. Limbaugh devoted... Read more.

Steve Early’s call to “Save Our Unions” 

Steve Early, a long-time labor journalist and union activist, gave a rousing talk at the Teaching for Change Bookstore at Busboys and Poets on June 2. In attendance were over fifty activists, unionists, labor movement veterans as well as those who identified themselves as the “youth wing of the labor movement.” To start, Early touched on the main points... Read more.

Where are the people of color in children’s books? A retrospective. 

In March, Walter Dean Myers and his son Christopher Myers brought national attention to a question often asked by frustrated parents, teachers, librarians, and youth: where are the people of color in children’s books? The two authors wrote must-read op-eds featured on the front page of the New York Times... Read more.

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