Did you miss the Raising an Advocate series? I’m sorry I’ve been so busy with the research for my dissertation that it’s become harder for me to research those posts as well. Hopefully you forgive me because today I come bearing gifts, and by gifts I mean an excellent summer reading list for parents who are trying their best to raise social justice advocates. I’m teaming up with several Georgia mom bloggers to share our summer reading list ideas. You can browse the others through the links below.
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Can I just say that creating this list was really hard? Part of me felt like I needed to solely focus on books I’ve read so far, but I have so many more on my list that it seemed unfair not to share them as well. In the end I settled for including one that I’ve already read, one that I’m currently reading, and five that are on my list to finish before the summer (okay let’s say year) ends.
#1. Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks
I seriously could go on and on about this particular book, but if you’re still struggling with understanding the need for feminism this is the book for you. It’s a quick read and it’s broken down into several small essays that touch on topics like parenting, class struggle, and even spirituality.
#2. Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving
For twenty-five years, Debby Irving sensed inexplicable racial tensions in her personal and professional relationships. AS a colleague and neighbor, she worried about offending people she dearly wanted to befriend. As an arts administrator she didn’t understand why her diversity efforts lacked traction. As a teacher, she found her best efforts to reach out to students and families of color left her wondering what she was missing. Then, in 2009, one ‘aha!’ moment launched an adventure of discovery and insight that drastically shifted her worldview and upended her life plan.
#3. White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son by Tim Wise
#4. Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen
#5. Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock
#6. The First R: How Children Learn Race and Racism by Debra Van Ausdale
#7. Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji
If you’re looking for books to read to your little one this summer check out my Raising an Advocate Book Ideas (part 1) post.
What are you reading this summer? Anything you think I should read? Let’s chat in the comments section.
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