This reading guide is designed to accompany Erin Gunte and Esteli Meza’s picture book A Shelter Story. 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 Katelynn Sagendorf and was designed to start and deepen anti-bias/anti-racist conversations in families and other learning communities. Editors were Robert Raffaelly and Jessica Johnson.
IDENTITY, DIVERSITY, INCLUSION, IMAGINATION, OPTIMISM, ENCOURAGEMENT
THE READ ALOUD
This short story tells of a mother and her young daughter who go to stay in a shelter. The girl is reluctant to be there, but Mama encourages her to see everything in a more exciting way. They transform all of the different areas of the shelter using their imaginations; the toy room becomes a treasure cave, and their new beds are rocket ships. The girl begins to embrace the situation and makes some new friends. This book is good for anti-bias learning revolving around identity. It encourages us to search for the good in any situation and be mindful of the framework in which we choose to see the world.
FULL READING GUIDE (download here)
For the full reading guide including discussion questions based on anti-oppression capacity building, download below!