The below is a guest post from the creators of Good Trouble for Kids; an arts initiative to promote racially conscious reading.
Good Trouble For Kids is an especially valuable children’s book subscription program in this moment of an expanding consciousness that being antiracist must include intentionally engaging children through reading, art and conversations on racial and social justice. Antiracist work is daily, and must start early. Part of that work is insisting that school curricula and the literary canon become more inclusive of a diversity of authors and histories, and that parents and schools build racially conscious libraries. The market of racially conscious children’s literature has exploded, and Good Trouble For Kids wants to help parents and educators sift through these books. We offer a unique arts-based approach. Our Xtra Good Trouble, the write-ups we do on each book through the lens of literature, visual arts, and culture, is the foundation of our work.
We believe that for racial justice to expand, it needs to be rooted in the hearts, minds and imaginations of young people. Merely studying racism doesn’t cut it; students need to explore these topics through art, literature and culture to deeply engage and metabolize the lessons. Good Trouble For Kids offers parents and educators a unique and necessary lens to promote change.
Art & literature are medicine. Good Trouble For Kids wants to help people learn how to use it. Please subscribe to Xtra Good Trouble for our write-ups, or get the books too. You can subscribe to Xtra Good Trouble as a stand-alone offering, or you can do a full subscription that gets you the book and the write-up! Subscribe to the full service at Good Trouble For Kids!