Review of The Germ: How to Talk to Children about Racism and Diversity by Deidra A. Sorrell

The Germ: How to Talk to Children about Racism and Diversity by Deidra A. Sorrell is an important book with an important message. Racism and violence are sad realities in our society.  Our children are exposed to it in the playground, at school, in media and elsewhere. It is important that we discuss the topic early in their childhood. Sorrell presents an easy way to do this. The book is a discussion between a mother and daughter after the daughter witnesses and news broadcast about the shooting of a black man by the police. The conversation is tactful and careful. The mother compares racism to a germ. Not all people have the germ, but some do. The daughter poses several questions that a young child may have about racism. The mother tactfully answers the questions and gives real life examples. This is a wonderful way to teach our children about racism, how to deal with it and even how to be a part of the solution. I would recommend this to anyone who has the opportunity to teach children including parents and educators. This book is not only a positive investment for the life a child but a positive investment for the society in which we live.

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