The term social justice has many definitions, with one being the advocacy for equal rights, opportunities, and treatment for all people. Understanding others’ cultures and identities is an important part of social justice. In learning about those that are similar to and different from us, we can foster empathy and become motivated to create spaces that are equitable for everyone.
One way to integrate lessons of social justice and teach your little one the value of the diversity around them is by exploring identity in children’s media. To help you and your family get started, we have put together a selection of books that show how identity is layered and that everyone deserves an equitable environment!