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Little Voices, Big Ideas: The Other Side

E.B. Lewis
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Two girls of different races find a way to circumvent segregation and prejudices in the Jim Crow south.

Credit Thomas M Walsh / Louisiana Endowment of the Humanities
Louisiana Endowment of the Humanities
Shantrell Austin, center, with her children, Lauryn and Demiran.

Of all the difficult subjects deserving of discussion with children, race and racism are perhaps the most required, and least easy to address.

In fact, most parents believe the subject should be outright avoided until children are at least of elementary school age. But babies notice differences like skin color. And by the time they’re three, children express racial biases. How can parents do better?

In this episode, we discuss Jacqueline Woodson’s The Other Side, a beautifully illustrated picture book set during the segregation era--and how to use it to invite safe, non-didactic conversations about how our racial differences have divided us, and how we can take the conversation forward.

Shantrell Austin joins the podcast with both of her children, Demiran and Lauryn.

This podcast is made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and is a partnership project of PRIME TIME Family Reading, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, WWNO New Orleans, and WRKF Baton Rouge.


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