Age-appropriate books when navigating discussions around race, diversity, and inclusion

Hello Friends,

Over 100 years ago, Montessori education was founded on the principle that every child, regardless of race, gender, or social standing, deserved a quality education. Dr. Maria Montessori also believed that the child was the pathway to peace, saying, “Establishing lasting peace is the work of education,” and developed a model of peace education that is still used today in Montessori classrooms around the world.

Unfortunately, racism and discrimination still persist in our country. Modeling peace and empathy for our children is a great step towards a more just society. At The New School Montessori, we are committed to creating a just and equitable community for all the families we serve. It is our promise to encourage our children to choose love over hate, embrace diversity, act with empathy, and remind them that being a global citizen comes with responsibility.

I want to encourage families to check on the good work our Diversity and Community Engagement Committee are doing through our weekly A Look Ahead emailed newsletter.
Below are a couple of links to age appropriate books that families might find useful when navigating discussions around race, diversity, and inclusion.
“Within the child lies the fate of the future.” – Maria Montessori
Books for children
  • 37 Children’s Books to help talk about Racism & Discrimination – These books may serve as an easy introduction to difficult conversations about race and discrimination with our children.
  • Anti-bias Education: A Selection of Children’s Books for Each Topic – A list of age-appropriate books covering the topics of Culture & Language, Racial Identity. Gender Roles, Economic Class, Abilities & Disabilities, Family Structure, Holidays, & Activism.

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