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Navigating Fatherhood as a Black Man [nytimes.com]

By Christina Caron, Image by Rachel Levit Ruiz, The New York Times, June 16, 2022 The editor of a new book of essays shares how Black men can attend to their mental health while growing their families. This year Father’s Day will fall on June 19, or Juneteenth, a federal holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved Black people in the United States after the Civil War. And for Michael D. Hannon, an associate professor of counseling at Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J., that...

Check out PACEs Connection's new Resource Center!

We did a massive overhaul of our Resource Center . Why it matters : You can find articles, research, reports about PACEs science, practice and policy MUCH more easily. Why we did it : The structure of the old Resource Center wasn't working very well, the content was out-of-date, and useful information was difficult to find. How we did it: With the old Resource Center, we were pretty much trying to fit a square peg into a round hole—we adapted a community page on our social network platform...

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Pens Children’s Book Inspired by Her Mother [hiplatina.com]

By Shayne Rodriguez Thompson, Photo: wikimedia/WhiteHouse.gov, HipLATINA, January 28, 2022 The ever-inspiring Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor , just released her fourth children’s book earlier this week, J ust Help! How to Build a Better World , inspired by her beloved mom. Sonia credits her with instilling an attitude of positivity and optimism in her. Celina Báez Sotomayor died in July 2021 of cancer at 93 years old and following the loss Sonia was inspired to write this book to...

Anti-racist KidLit resources you need now from EmbraceRace

Please see below for book recommendations from EmbraceRace , which shared the following in a recent email: "We're sharing a few book resources because it's all too obvious that we need them today as much as ever. Books are one of many tools adults can use to raise kids who are thoughtful, informed and brave about race. But it takes more than simply reading the books with kids to do this work. These archived webinars and action guides are less about which specific books to read and more about...

PUB DAY: Rohan Bullkin and the Shadows Released Today

December 31, 2021 – Rohan Bullkin and the Shadows , a provocative new picture book by Jamaican poet and Chevening Scholar Juleus Ghunta, has been released today by CaribbeanReads, a St. Kitts-based publishing company. The book follows the title character, Rohan Bullkin on his journey from reluctant to enthusiastic reader. Rohan’s reluctance to read is fuelled by Shadows – manifestations of his adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress. He improves his literacy with the guidance...

A free ebook for parents puts a sweet spin on the holidays

Uplift Press is excited to announce… Our free new ebook for parents can put a sweet spin on the holidays. Self-Esteem: The Best Gift for Your Children...and Yourself is an excerpt from The Winning Family by Caven and thought leader Dr. Louise Hart. A new edition of bestseller The Winning Family is coming out in 2022. More positive parenting resources can be found at www.upliftpress.com . Self-Esteem: The Best Gift (for your children AND yourself!) A free ebook for parents Excerpt from The...

Parenting for Social Justice (ZERO TO THREE)

This resource collection from ZERO TO THREE provides ideas for parents who are wondering how to raise children who will stand up against racism and injustice. There are books that parents can share with their child to nurture identity, anti-racist resources for parents to read, and ideas for those who want to raise children in a more just and inclusive world. Click here to learn more!

Resources that Center Indigenous Perspectives from EmbraceRace

From the EmbraceRace newsletter: The "First Thanksgiving" myth is part of centuries-long U.S. settler-colonial efforts to disappear Indigenous peoples and perspectives - both contemporary and historical. Countering those forces with children must be ongoing and year-round for Indigenous and non-Indigenous families. (Resources to help you do that follow.) At the same time, the "Thanksgiving" holiday itself is an opportunity for those of us in the lives of children to counter the "work" of the...

Sharing Stories Across Cultures: Native American Authors (zerotothree.org)

Reading together with young children, starting from birth, gives you the opportunity to share the world with them. Help your child develop an understanding of Native American cultures and communities by choosing books from the titles here from ZERO TO THREE. As you read: Ask questions, watch to see what your child is curious about, and learn more together. Click here to access ZERO TO THREE's list of children's books by Native American authors .

Book Review: Rohan Bullkin and the Shadows: A Story about ACEs and Hope

Review of Rohan Bullkin and the Shadows by Jessica King Childhood can be brutal. Some of the authors I admire most have been able to reflect on difficult childhood trauma and create art, holding those experiences up to the light and processing them. In children’s literature, these personal, heartfelt #OwnVoices works tell a difficult story with truth and compassion. Books like this form a vital “mirror” for children in similar circumstances. I received an advance copy of Rohan Bullkin and...

American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL)

Established in 2006 by Dr. Debbie Reese of Nambé Pueblo, American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL) provides critical analysis of Indigenous peoples in children's and young adult books. Dr. Jean Mendoza joined AICL as a co-editor in 2016. Please visit the website by clicking here, https://americanindiansinchildrensliterature.blogspot.com/p/best-books.html American Indians in Children's Literature is used by Native and non-Native parents, librarians, teachers, editors, professors, and...

Book Review: Rohan Bullkin and the Shadows—A Story about ACEs and Hope

Juleus Ghunta’s empowering book Rohan Bullkin and the Shadows—A Story about ACEs and Hope , vibrantly illustrated by Rachel Moss, is a much-needed story of a boy who experiences Shadows that interfere with his ability to read because they make his mind “flicker like a hurricane,” go blank, and sometimes race and “refuse to shut down.” This is an affirming, normalizing contextualization of how bad events and scary experiences, now understood from the science of adverse childhood experiences...

10 Kids Books Psychologists Recommend in 2021 [books.childrensbooksassociation.com]

By Sara Darnell, Children's Book Association, July 20, 2021 Psychologists everywhere have noticed an uptick in children experiencing anxiety, stress, confusion, and other issues that have come as a result of 2020. We should note that these are completely normal things for children to experience, but what is the best way to work through these feelings? Many psychologists have turned to children's books to teach young readers how to deal with their emotions. [ Please click here to see the list .]

“What Happened to You?” A Dialogue with Dr. Bruce Perry

Through deeply personal conversations, Prevent Child Abuse America board member and renowned brain and trauma expert Dr. Bruce Perry and Oprah Winfrey offer a groundbreaking and profound shift from asking "What's wrong with you?" to "What happened to you?" in their new book "What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing". Focusing on understanding people, behavior, and ourselves, this new book opens the door to resilience and healing in a proven, powerful way. Please...

“What Happened to You?” by Bruce Perry and Oprah Winfrey: a book that resonates with us in the PACEs world

What do PACEs Connection and “What Happened to You?”, the new book by Oprah Winfrey and Bruce Perry, have in common? Almost everything. That’s my conclusion after I finished listening to the book on Audible and re-reading parts of it on Kindle. In the book, Winfrey, a w orld-class connector, journalist, entertainer, author, thought leader, actor, and philanthropist, teams up with her longtime friend Perry, a child psychiatrist, neuroscientist and principal of the neurosequential model of...

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