This reading guide is designed to accompany Jenn Bailey and Mika Song’s picture book A Friend for Henry. We hold the belief that anti-racist practice is a process of learning (and unlearning) over time. Reading Is Resistance sees reading as an opportunity to seed deeper conversations and possibilities for action around racial justice in our communities.
Lesson content was written by Olivia Horning and was designed to start and deepen anti-bias/anti-racist conversations in families and other learning communities. Editors were Conlan Morgan and Raina Christian.
FRIENDSHIP, INTERNAL FEELINGS, IDENTITY, DIVERSITY
THE READ ALOUD
The story of Henry is about a boy with autism who is looking for a friend. This is a great example of how children can be helped by books that embrace their inner emotions. Henry walks into class hoping to find some friends, and he goes through each person in his class trying to see who would be the perfect fit.School can be an overwhelming place and it is important that we acknowledge big feelings that children can have.
FULL READING GUIDE (download here)
For the full reading guide including discussion questions based on anti-oppression capacity building, download below!