Health professionals who care for children will find a thoughtful and hands-on resource to address racism and race-related issues in their practices in this essay collection. Leading experts from across disciplines frame the issues and provide practical information on prevention, intervention, and anticipatory guidance. Each chapter is grounded in the recommendations outlined in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement “The Impact of Racism on Child and Adolescent Health.” The AAP is committed to reducing the ongoing costs and burden of racism to children, the health care system, and society—this book is an important contribution to that effort and ongoing conversation. Available for purchase at https://www.aap.org/Untangling-the-Thread-of-Racism-A-Primer-for-Pediatric-Health-Professionals-Paperback
Dipesh Navsaria, MD, MPH, MSLIS, "Book Sharing and Children’s Literature As a Strategy for Facilitating Conversations On Race", Untangling the Thread of Racism: A Primer for Pediatric Health Professionals, American Academy of Pediatrics, Maria Trent, MD, MPH, FSAHM, FAAP, Danielle G. Dooley, MD, MPhil, FAAP, Jacqueline Dougé, MD, MPH, FAAP
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Book sharing can play an essential role in anti-racism work with families. Fundamentally, reading books together serves several critical functions, not all of which are the exclusive domain of conversations around racism and discrimination. Sharing books offers a route for building vital elements of relational health. It is a foundation for family discussions where parents or caregivers can play that all-important, sense-making role for their children as they explore and wonder about the world around them. Book sharing can create a scaffold for conversations or ease the route into discussing topics, particularly if they are not necessarily easy to take on.
Keywords: book selection, reading aloud, children’s literature