Sometimes kids ask questions that are hard to answer. It's best to answer their questions with words they understand. That’s why our librarians teamed up to put together a new Storytime at Home series, Important Conversations.
This video series on our YouTube channel , opens a new windowfeatures storytimes with beloved Library staff who tackle a variety of subjects like conflict, racism, death and feeling sad.
Through carefully selected books, empathetic songs, and even the use of a puppet or two, Librarians help parents make these topics understandable for young minds. We’ve also curated resources for parents and caregivers to continue the conversation with their child once the storytime is over.
We’ll be adding new Important Conversation videos in the future, so be sure to check back. Here are a few our Librarians have created so far just for you and your family.
How to Talk to Your Child About Their Neurodiversity from The Mighty
Autism Spectrum Disorder , opens a new windowfrom KidsHealth
Helping Kids Resolve Conflict , opens a new windowvideo from Sesame Street in Communities
Death of a Pet
Death of Pets: Talking to Children from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Don't Touch My Hair
Good Hair, opens a new window; film by Chris Rock
“Natural Hair” playlist , opens a new windowfrom The Chic Natural
Talking with Children About the Serious Illness of a Family Member from Bright Horizons
Talking to Your Child about lllness, opens a new window from AboutKidsHealth
Talking with Children and Youth About Serious Illness, opens a new window from Canadian Virtual Hospice
Booklist (Coming soon!)
Marching to Make a Difference
Early Childhood Resilience Tip Sheets from Joining Forces for Children
After a Crisis: Helping Young Children Heal, opens a new window from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Social Justice Resources, opens a new window from The Children’s Community School
Whiteness and Racism
They’re Not Too Young to Talk About Race: An Infographic, opens a new window by The Children’s Community School